Skype Hype

Author Conor Kostick, he of the critically-acclaimed Epic and Saga, recently gave a talk to a group of students, which he does regularly. The difference being that this time Conor was in Ireland, and the school was in New Hampshire in the US. Conor’s books are hugely popular throughout the US, and with the aid of Skype, he’s able to connect with his fans overseas and take part in events. Teachers and students at the New Hampshire school reported that their event with Conor was a great success and that it was a thrill for them to be able to talk to one of their favourite authors.

Conor is also the author of The Book of Curses for younger readers, and Move, for older readers. He is the recent recipient of the Reading Association of Ireland Special Merit Award 2009, not only for Move, but also for his overall body of work and his contribution to science-fiction writing for children. He looks forward to taking part in lots more transatlantic events in the future!

Two awards for O’Brien Press books.


The Reading Association of Ireland Book Awards were presented last night at the start of their 33rd conference in St Patrick’s College, and there was a clean-sweep for O’Brien Press books. Represented on the night by Michael O’Brien (Publisher), Susan Houlden (editor), Ruth Heneghan (marketing) and myself, we were abuzz with anticipation: these awards were the first for Irish children’s books, are selected and judged by an expert panel of judges (who remain anonymous, under the terms of the awards) and are awarded every two years. Continue reading “Two awards for O’Brien Press books.”

Award Season: time to get out our frocks!

The shortlist for the Reading Association of Ireland award has been announced. We are really excited that five of the six titles on the list are ours, and can’t wait to see which way the awards are going to go.

  • The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan: with two Irish Book Awards nominations under its belt already and great international sales, The Moorehawke Trilogy continues with The Crowded Shadows
  • Hal’s Sleepover by Maddie Stewart: the first time that a book from one of our series for young readers (Panda Cubs, Pandas and Flyers) has been nominated for an award, which is wonderful news.
  • Move by Conor Kostick. Conor has followed huge success for Epic and Saga with this dark but hopeful contemporary fantasy.
  • Wild Dublin by Éanna Ní Lamhna. A spectacular introduction to all that nature has to offer in Ireland’s capital.
  • The Story of Ireland by Brendan O’Brien. Already an award-winner, this multi-layered, beautiful book will soon be available in a mini-edition

The very best of luck to all of our authors: the results will be announced on 24 September.