22 – 28 October


From Kick-Ass Teen Queens to Long Hot Summers: How to Write a Cracking YA Novel!

Saturday, 24 Oct
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Do you have a story you want to tell? Then don’t miss some of the most exciting Irish YA voices around as they share their wit and wisdom. They will discuss the challenges and joys of giving Irish traditional tales an original YA twist, from the Children of Lir to the Cattle Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cúailnge), their favourite Irish YA novels, and what stories they would like to see retold in future Irish YA novels. In conversation with Dave Rudden, acclaimed author of the Knights of the Borrowed Dark series.

Helen Corcoran grew up in Cork, dreaming of scheming queens and dashing lady knights. Her debut YA novel is Queen of Coin and Whispers.  Writer, editor, book reviewer and creative writing facilitator Claire Hennessy has written twelve books for young people. Her most recent YA novels are Nothing Tastes As Good and Like Other Girls. Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick’s books include There and Hagwitch. She has won many awards, including a whopping four Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards. On Midnight Beach is her debut YA novel. Deirdre Sullivan is a leading Irish YA author. Her novel Needlework won the Honour Award for Fiction at the Children’s Books Ireland Awards. Her Primrose Leary series was also widely acclaimed. Her latest book is Savage Her Reply. 

Age 13+

The Gutter Bookshop is sad they can’t be at the festival in person this year but you can browse (and purchase!) books by the featured authors at the special ILFDublin festival shop - CLICK HERE. And remember that there’s no postage to pay in Ireland if you spend over €30 or if you choose to collect your books from either of our bookshops. Just choose the ‘Free Shipping’ or ‘Click & Collect’ options at checkout!