Member of Children’s Books Ireland
MPhil in Children’s Literature, Trinity College Dublin, 2012
Bachelor in Arts and Humanities, Honours Degree, Trinity College Dublin, 1995
Training and professional development
Introduction to Unconscious Bias (Publishing Training Centre, 2021)
Facilitating and Teaching Writers (Publishing Training Centre, 2019)
Rewriting and Substantive Editing (Publishing Training Centre, 2018)
Advanced Copy-Editing (Publishing Training Centre, 2015)
Copy-Editing (Publishing Training Centre, 2011)
On-Screen Editing (Publishing Training Centre, 2001)
Contracts & Copyright (Publishing Training Centre, 1999)
Managing Freelancers (Publishing Training Centre, 1999)
The Role of a Literary Agent (New York University, 1997)
Feature Writing (New York University, 1996)
I’m a published children’s writer and RPG writer with over twenty-five years’ editorial experience. I’m currently a commissioning editor (part-time) with Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd. I have worked as a managing editor with Blackrock Publishing, an editor with The O’Brien Press, an editor with Carroll Heinemann and an assistant editor and publication coordinator with Veritas. I’m a part-time freelance editor, writer for RTÉJr Bookclub and regular reviewer for Inis magazine and Books Ireland magazine. I worked in New York for a publishing company and a literary agency.
Member of the Judges Panel for the CBI Book of the Year Awards: 2012–2013
Co-chairperson of the AFEPI: 2010–2012
Non-executive Director and Board Member of CBI: October 2001–June 2004
Children’s fiction and non-fiction editing; fiction editing; non-fiction editing; writing (co-writing, ghost writing, rewriting); project management; photo and picture editing; research.
Books, magazines, blogs, websites, PDFs, digital content and journals
Children’s and YA literature, literature, creative writing, education, fiction and non-fiction, history, spirituality/religion
The O’Brien Press; Gill Books; Little Island Books; HarperCollins; Veritas, Books Ireland Magazine; Inis Magazine; Children’s Books Ireland; Trinity Access Programmes, TCD; Helium Arts; Dublin City Council; independent writers, et al.
Examples of work undertaken
Holy Shocking Saints: the Extraordinary Lives of Twelve Irish Saints by Síne Quinn and Margaret Anne Suggs (Veritas, 2020). Creative non-fiction, 7+.
Editor: Grant, The Philosophy Resistance Squad (Little Island Books, 2021), Watkins & Suggs, Pigín’s Unexpected Adventure (Gill Books, 2020), Durand, Through the Years with the Irish Saints (Veritas, 2020), Mac a’Bháird, Reindeer Down! (The O’Brien Press, 2019); Rough Nights & Hard Days, Warhammer, Davis (Cubicle 7, 2019); O’Doherty, Bright Sparks (The O’Brien Press, 2018); Watkins & Suggs, Happy Christmas, Pigín (Gill Books, 2018); Watkins & Suggs, Pigín of Howth (Gill Books, 2016) Winner of the Children’s Book of the Year, Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book awards; Bardon, A Narrow Sea (Gill Books, 2018); O’Connor, The Origins of Benjamin Hackett (Down & Out Books, 2017); Matthews, The Cross of Addiction (Veritas, 2017); Bardon, Hallelujah (Gill & Macmillan, 2015); Kennedy and McDermott, About Face (Gill & Macmillan, 2015); McCaffrey, Cocaine Wars (Merlin, 2010); Abel, The Great Tooth Fairy Mystery (TCKL Creative, 2012); Harling, It’s Not the Way to Live, It’s the Way to Die (YBooks, 2011); Prendergast, The Romanian Builder (The O’Brien Press, 2009).
Copy-editor: Browne & Reynolds, The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife Through the Seasons (The O’Brien Press, 2018); Griffin, The Spiral Path (The O’Brien Press, 2017); Griffin, Stormweaver (The O’Brien Press, 2016); Griffin, Cage of Roots (The O’Brien Press, 2015); Bhreathnach-Lynch, 50 Works of Irish Art (Gill & Macmillan, 2015).
Sub-editor: Inis Reading Guide (9–11/12–14) – Magazine for Children’s Books Ireland 2010–2018; co-editor of Imagine Nations, the website of IBBY Ireland (www.ibbyireland.ie) and International Children’s Book Day 2014. A full list of titles available on request.
Holy Shocking Saints: the Extraordinary Lives of Twelve Irish Saints by Síne Quinn and Margaret Anne Suggs was published in November 2020, Veritas Books. It is a creative non-fiction book for 7+. I work as a commissioning editor part-time for Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd. I also work as a creative writing teacher with the Book Marks Programme, Trinity Access Programmes, TCD. I’m a regular reviewer for Inis Magazine and Books Ireland Magazine, and a Book Doctor working with Children’s Books Ireland.