Authors and Artists

Natalia Beylis graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. She runs workshops for children and adults in book & zine making and in DIY publishing. Natalia publishes her own handmade books and zines under the imprint of Sweet Olive Misprint.


Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick is a picture book maker and novelist. Her books include The Sleeping Giant, Izzy and Skunk, You, Me and the Big Blue Sea, and There. Her work has won many awards including four Children’s Book Ireland Best Book of the Year awards. Owl Bat Bat Owl is her first wordless picture book.


Lucy Hill completed an M.F.A at Winchester School of Arts in Barcelona having previously studied painting at Crawford College of Art in Cork. She has won several awards, public art commissions and exhibited in solo and selected group shows nationally and internationally. She has been working with children through a wide variety of projects and organisations for fifteen years.


Kim Hood grew up in Canada, but now lives in the west of Ireland, with her husband and daughter. Her first novel, Finding a Voice, written for young adults, was shortlisted for the inaugural YA Book Prize, won a Literacy Association of Ireland merit award in 2015 and was a White Raven book for 2015/16. She has an eclectic background in education, therapy and social services, which hasn’t helped her one bit in her latest endeavour of small hold farming. Plane Jane, her second novel, was nominated for Children’s Books Ireland book of the year in 2017. Spending a day in pjs writing is her favourite thing to do; her second favourite thing is meeting with young readers and writers to talk about books and writing.


Conor Kostick is a writer based in Dublin. His best-known work is *Epic*, which has been translated into twelve languages and which won several awards. In 2009, Conor was awarded the Reading Association of Ireland’s ‘Special Merit’ award, for his contribution to Children’s literature in Ireland. The following year he was awarded the Farmleigh Writer’s Residency. Often called upon to judge literary competitions, in 2015 Conor was the President of the Irish Jury for the EU Prize for Literature. Thanks to his work for the Irish Writers Centre, Conor is also well known as a mentor for early career writers and he has held creative writing workshops in dozens of schools.


Bernadette Larkin works as a consultant and creative practitioner with education and cultural organisations. As Head of Education and Programmes at Airfield, a 38 acre urban working farm in Dublin, she developed a diverse arts and nature based education programme for children and adults. Prior to joining Airfield Bernadette worked at The Ark across a range of art forms, including, theatre, literature and visual arts. As Project Manager of ArkLink in Fatima Mansions, she worked with artists to deliver a community-based arts programme for children. She is currently working with Children’s Books Ireland and has recently completed Around The Table working with Dublin’s Culture Connects. She is currently working as Community Reader in Residence for UNESCO City of Literature with Dublin Public Libraries.


Jane Mitchell has published 7 books and 3 short stories for children and young adults. Her writing is widely acclaimed: she has won national and regional awards and her stories have been broadcast, anthologized and translated into other languages, as well as included on the English curriculum for Irish primary and secondary schools. Jane won the overall Book of the Year Award for her first book, When Starts Stop Spinning, and was the first recipient of the Children’s Choice Award for her novel, Chalkline. Her most recent book A Dangerous Crossing is a powerful and timely account of one boy’s flight out of Syria, and has received hugely positive reviews.


Gráinne Quinlan is an artist and illustrator working in the Irish animation industry, primarily in the field of children’s television. Originally from the small village of Kilmacanogue in Wicklow, she is now based in Blackrock in Co.Dublin. She loves both porridge and children’s books, and thought it would be nice to combine the two. Rather than make porridge out of books however, she felt it would be better to make a book about porridge. How Do You Like Your Porridge? Is her first book.


Deirdre Sullivan is a writer from Galway now living in Dublin and working as a teacher. She has established a reputation for herself as a leading Irish YA author following her trilogy on the teenage years of Primrose Leary, which has been widely acclaimed (Ireland’s much-respected YA critic, Robert Dunbar, says it ‘sparkles with authenticity’); two of the Prim books were shortlisted for the CBI awards; and the final one, Primperfect, was also shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature – the only YA novel to be nominated for this award from any European country. Needlework is her most recent YA novel published in 2016.


Kate Wilson studied at Slade School of Art, London. She moved to Ireland in 1995 after which her work became interdisciplinary, including dance, music & visual elements. Her collaborative practice has received national support and awards from the Arts Council. In 2015 Kate was selected for Leitrim Artist Studio award. Kate has been invited to facilitate workshops across Ireland, including for IMMA, The Ark, The Model and The Dock. She also continues to work on numerous residencies that engage local communities, mixed ability groups and schools. In 2016 she was selected to represent Sligo in the national Artist in Education pilot programme.