Her three Al Capsella novels and her collection of stories The Boy on the Lake were first published in Australia with great success, and later in America.
The first book in the Al Capsella series, The Heroic Life of Al Capsella, was included in the American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults list (1990), and was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards (1988). Al Capsella and the Watchdogs was shortlisted for the same award in 1990, and won the Variety Club Young People's Talking Book of the Year Award (1990).
CATHERINE CLEARY is a journalist, author and broadcaster. She began her career as a reporter with The Irish Times in 1994 and became security correspondent of The Sunday Tribune. She met Alice Leahy in the 1990s while reporting on social issues around crime and poverty. Catherine’s publications include: Life Sentence, Murder Victims and their Families (2004) and A Month of Somedays, How One Woman made the most of Now (2012). She co-wrote Counter Culture, The Sheridans’ Guide to Cheese in 2015. She also co-wrote and presented the RTÉ radio series History on a Plate with historian Juliana Adelman. She has been writing a weekly restaurant review
in The Irish Times for the past seven years.
From his first performance in his native Castleblayney at age twelve, billed as ‘Ireland’s youngest saxophone player’, Paddy Cole been playing on stages around the world for almost seventy years.
With The Capitol Showband, The Big 8 to The Paddy Cole Band, he has played with Irish legends such as Brendan Bowyer, Dickie Rock, Joe Dolan and Twink, and has more recently been a regular highlight of the Cork Jazz Festival. As well as music, he has done valuable charity work at home and abroad.
His life has been an amazing journey, from growing up in the borderlands of County Monaghan, to hanging out with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali, and stars of screen such as cowboy legend Roy Rogers.
EOIN COLFER is the one of the world's favourite children's authors, and has written the international bestselling Artemis Fowl books. A former schoolteacher, Eoin lives in Wexford with his wife Jackie and sons Finn and Seán. He has worked in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy, as well as in Ireland. Eoin is very involved in theatre and has written several plays, which have been staged in various parts of Ireland.
His first novel, Benny and Omar, was published by The O'Brien Press in October 1998 and was an immediate bestseller. It was applauded by critics because of its comic genius. International recognition soon followed with several translations published. His second book, Benny and Babe, was published in June 1999. It became a No 1 bestseller in Ireland, knocking the famous Harry Potter out of the top spot in the Bestseller List! The Wish List is the story of Meg Finn, a young teenager who dies, but is too good for Hell and too bad for Heaven. Back on earth she has a chance of salvation if she can fulfil the Wish List of pensioner Lowrie. Mission impossible for Meg?
Eoin's writing style is incredibly diverse as he has also written for the younger readers in the O'Brien Flyers series. For the series, which is aimed at 6+ readers, he has created the wonderful character of Ed Cooper, whose misadventures appear in Going Potty, Ed's Funny Feet and Ed's Bed.
Eoin has his own website with lots of information about his books.
Lorcan Collins is founder of the 1916 Walking Tour of Dublin and, with Conor Kostick, wrote The Easter Rising: A Guide to Dublin in 1916. He lectures on Easter 1916 in the United States, and is a regular contributor to radio, television and historical journals. Lorcan conceived the 16 Lives series and wrote the first book in the series, a biography of James Connolly. His other books include 1916: The Rising Handbook and Ireland’s War of Independence 1919-21 - The IRA’s Guerrilla Campaign. Lorcan is host of the Revolutionary Ireland podcast.