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Siobhán Parkinson

Siobhán Parkinson

Having grown up in Galway and Donegal, Siobhán Parkinson has lived most of her adult life in her native Dublin. She studied English literature and German at Trinity, and went on to take her doctorate in English literature. She has worked for many years as an editor, a profession that very closely resembles that of writing. She concentrates more on her writing these days, but is also a very active member of the writers-in-schools scheme, and she gives workshops in creative writing and talks on her work in all sorts of situations. She has held various writing residencies and has been editor of, Inis -- The Children's Books Ireland Magazine, and Bookbird, the IbBy International magazine. Her books have won numerous awards and been translated into lots of languages, her favourites being Latvian, because it is so different, and Japanese, because it is back to front. Her husband, Roger Bennett, is a woodturner and teacher, and her son Matthew is almost grown up. Being her son didn't do him too much harm, he claims, but time will tell. Her book Sisters ... no way! won the Bisto Book of the Year award. Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (maybe) won a Bisto Merit Award. Siobhán's next book, The Moon King, also won a Bisto Merit Award and was on the iBbY Honour List 2000, in Ireland's first year as a member of iBbY. Siobhán was Ireland's first Laureate na nÓg (Children's Laureate) from 2010-2012.

  • The Henny Penny Tree
  • Download Littlest, Middling and Tall One

  • The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't
  • Download Extract from Chapter 3: A Gremlin in the Works

  • The Love Bean
  • Download Lydia keeps something from Julia ...

  • Breaking the Wishbone
  • Download Samantha

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't

  • Download RBFS: Teaching ideas for second class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Amelia

  • Download RBFS: Teaching ideas for fifth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 1

No Peace for Amelia

  • Download RBFS: Teaching ideas for sixth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching ideas for sixth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Sisters ... No Way!

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide for Sisters ... No Way! from O'Brien Teaching Guides for Second Level Schools.

Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (maybe)

  • Download RBFS: Teaching ideas for fifth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 1

The Moon King

  • Download RBFS: Teaching ideas for fifth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 2

Call of the Whales

  • Download RBFS: Teaching ideas for sixth class from the O'Brien Reading Programme Supplement

Kate

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide to the novel by Peter Heaney

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide to the novel by Peter Heaney

Breaking the Wishbone

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide for Breaking the Wishbone from O'Brien Teaching Guides for Second Level Schools.