Emma Byrne

Emma Byrne

Emma Byrne is a graphic designer and artist. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. She has won numerous awards for her design including The IDI (Irish Design Institute) Graduate Designer of the Year, the IDI Promotional Literature Award for her work on Brown Morning, and a Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Merit Award for her work on Something Beginning With P: New Poems from Irish Poets. She has illustrated many books, including Best-Loved Oscar Wilde, Best Loved Yeats, The Most Beautiful Letter in the World by Karl O’Neill, a special edition of Ulysses by James Joyce, and A Terrible Beauty by Mairéad Ashe Fitzgerald. She lives in a thatched house in Co. Wexford.

  • Dubliners

    Our take on ‘Dubliners’ by James Joyce

    Our wonderful designer Emma Byrne gives her thoughts on designing the jacket for our new edition of Dubliners by James Joyce, which was published last year as part of Dublin One City One Book 2012.

  • The Most Beautiful Letter in the World
  • Download Chapter two -- a walk in the park

Best-Loved Irish Ballads - Great Songs from the Irish Folk Tradition

Spirit of the Titanic

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

Spirit of the Titanic

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney.

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Ulysses

Written by James Joyce, Introduced by Bob Joyce, Illustrated by Emma Byrne

The Dublin Illustrated Edition of Ulysses, endorsed by The James Joyce Centre, meticulously recreates the 1922 text.

This special slipcased edition, numbered and limited to 100 copies, is signed by Bob Joyce, Emma Byrne and Michael O'Brien.

Ulysses

Written by James Joyce, Introduced by Bob Joyce, Illustrated by Emma Byrne

The Dublin Illustrated Edition of Ulysses, endorsed by The James Joyce Centre, meticulously recreates the 1922 text.

Irish Thatch

The picturesque, white-washed thatched cottage is an iconic emblem of Ireland and beautiful examples of this still-living craft can be found all over the island today. This beautiful new book is a celebration of the enduring beauty and wonder of Irish thatch. With full colour photographs throughout.

Home For Christmas

Written by Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne

Join Alice Taylor this Christmas as she welcomes us into her home and shows us the traditions of her family's Christmas. Alice looks back over her past Christmases and prepares for this Christmas. 

And Life Lights Up

Moments that Matter

Written by Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne

Alice Taylor guides us through the steps and ways to live a conscious life and focus on the goodness of the world around us. Alice also inspires the reader to be attentive to the here and now and embrace moments as they arise.

Tea for One

A Celebration of Little Things

Written by Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne

From improving her painting to perfecting her garden, exploring family histories and reclaiming her mother’s art of tea-making, Alice celebrates the small acts that fill her days and make her happy.

Best-Loved Irish Ballads

Great Songs from the Irish Folk Tradition

Written by Emma Byrne and Eoin O'Brien

Songs to stir the soul and move the feet, raise a roar or bring a tear to the eye.
From Danny Boy to Boulavogue and more, this book celebrates the cream of Irish ballads, explaining the origins of each song, along with words, melodies and chords. Illustrated with evocative photographs and  woodcuts..

P is for Poetry

Poems from Irish Poets

Compiled by Seamus Cashman, Illustrated by Corrina Askin and Alan Clarke and Emma Byrne

Selected poems from bestselling Something Beginning with P in a beautiful new format - a perfect gift book for Irish children at home and abroad.

Irish Thatched Cottages

A Living Tradition

The picturesque, white-washed thatched cottage is an iconic emblem of Ireland and beautiful examples of this still-living craft can be found all over the island today. This beautiful new addition to the O'Brien Heritage series is a celebration of the enduring beauty and wonder of Irish thatch. 

The Most Beautiful Letter in the World

Written by Karl O'Neill, Illustrated by Emma Byrne

Poppy finds a mysterious red envelope in the park - where did it come from and who is it for?


An extraordinary gift book - as seen on a park bench near you!

Best-Loved Oscar Wilde

Edited by John Wyse Jackson ( dec'd), Illustrated by Emma Byrne

Told through his own words, this essential introduction to Oscar Wilde’s extraordinary life and work is accompanied by stimulating commentary and stylish design and illustration. For new readers and devotees alike.

Tea and Talk

Written by Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne

Tea and talk: the perfect way to resolve any challenge you face in life: and in the hands of a consummate storyteller, you might need a second cup! Relax with Alice, sit and chat over a cup of tea, as she invites you into her life, and the life of the village that surrounds her.

Books from the Attic

Treasures from an Irish Childhood

Written by Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne

Alice Taylor takes a journey back to the 1940s and 1950s in rural Ireland through the well-used schoolbooks that she has kept from that time. Poetry, legends, stories and history evoke a way of life, and pace of life, that's long changed.

Spirit of the Titanic

Written by Nicola Pierce, Illustrated by Emma Byrne

The ghost of fifteen-year-old Samuel Scott moves restlessly aboard the Titanic as she sails to her doom in 1912. An eyewitness to the final days in the lives of rich and poor, crew and passengers, this is Samuel’s story …

Irish Home Essentials

Written by Séamus Ó Conaill, Illustrated by Emma Byrne

Séamus Ó Conaill examines the artifacts of an Irish home, from ash trays on back windowsill to the potpourri gathering dust in the ‘good room’. The list includes many newer objects that make our 21st century homes more Irish as ever!