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PJ Lynch

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

 Just to add to the information about the Caomhnú Literary Festival. I’ve found out that PJ Lynch will be giving an Illustrated Talk at Johnston Central Library in Cavan Town 2.00pm - 3.00pm Friday 6th February.If you can get to see him, do! I know I’ll be going. I love PJ Lynch’s work and I’m very excited to get a chance to hear him discuss it. ( See below for offical info taken from the festival brochure.)

PJ Lynch’s work includes “Gulliver’s Travels” . Awards include Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Medal, three times, Kate Greenaway Medal. An illustrator of over 20 Children’s Books for more than twenty years, PJ has also designed posters, stamps and book covers.  The theme of his slide show/talk will be Writing/ Illustrating children’s books as a career. All artists and arts enthusiasts are invited to this FREE talk.

Booking is essential to guarantee a place please contact Johnston Central Library at 049 78500 or email Kathleen Brady

 I’m sure this is going to be a super festival! I’m looking forward to reading from The Poison Throne on Sunday 8th February at 12.45pm in Radisson SAS Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan.

Caomhnú Literary Festival

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
I have a little more information regarding my reading at the Caomhnú Literary Festival in Cavan. I’ll be reading from The Poison Throne on Sunday 8th February at 12.45pm in Radisson SAS Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan.

The festival itself runs from Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th February, and promises to have many interesting contributors ( when I have more information on the lineup I’ll let you know)

For more information, email:


Congratulations to Sebastian Barry

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Many congratulations to Sebastian Barry on winning the Costa Award. I greatly enjoyed The Secret Scripture and was delighted to hear of it’s success. Well done Sebastian, and thank you for signing my copy at the Seminar for International Translators

Events and Readings 2009

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009



Monday March 2nd: World Book Day Presentation.

Beech Hill College, Monaghan. Reading from The Poison Throne, talk, and prize giving.

Andrew Myles, a pupil from Beech Hills College in Monaghan, has won a prize in the UK and Ireland World Book Day Short Story Competition. Congratulations Andrew! I am looking forward to meeting you and your classmates at the presentation.

Thursday March 5th: World Book Day Readings, Dublin.

11am - Borders Bookshop, Blanchardstown Dublin: Reading from The Poison Throne.

2pm – Dubray Bookshop, Swan Shopping Centre, Rathmines : Reading from The Poison Throne.

Friday March 6th: Dublin Book Festival,

12-1pm - City Hall, Dame St, Dublin.Reading from The Poison Throne and talk followed by Q&A.

Monday March 9th: Breifne College International Week.

2.30pm – Breifne College Cavan. Opening ceremony of the Briefne International Week, celebrating cultural diversity and integration in the community. Attendance by invitation only.

Thursday march 19th: Sean Dunne Literary Festival, Waterford.

7pm – Keynote speaker at opening night. Venue TBA.

Friday March 20th: Central Town Library, Waterford.

Reading and Talks, times to be announced.

Saturday May 16th:

2.15-3pm – National Gallery Dublin. Talk and presentation. Speakers on the day include Shaun Tan, and Patrick Ness.

Friday April 24th: Annual Teen Day/World Book Month, Cork City.

11am – Central Library, Grand Parade, Cork City centre. Reading from The Poison Throne, and talk. Possible signings in Cork city during the day. 

In Recognition of Eoghan Cahill

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Celine with her parents
Left to right Eva Cahill, Eoghan Cahill and Celine Kiernan (nee Cahill )
I’m not usually one for putting the personal bulletins up on the blog. But I’m inordinately proud of my Dad and of what he has achieved, and of my Mam for supporting him through his many years of hard work. Behind every dedicated man, there is a sublimely patient woman, right Mam? :0)

So, here is a photograph of my Dad, my lovely Mam and myself. This was taken at a presentation dinner held in honour of my Dad to commemorate his great work as a founding member of the organisation Men Against Cancer and, his retirement from his role as secretary for MAC. He’s holding the decanter which the Irish Cancer Society and MAC presented to him in thanks for his eleven years hard work as secretary.

My brother couldn’t be there because he was on duty at the time, but the two of us couldn’t be prouder of you, Dad! Congratulations and enjoy your retirement.


With Thanks

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
The Erl King
The Erl King
Not too long ago a lovely woman by the name of Kerri O’Connell wrote to tell me how much she had enjoyed The Poison Throne. In fact, she posted a review of it on her blog. You can read that review here if you like.
I was so moved by her having taken the time to let me know how she felt, that I offered to do a drawing for her. Lo and behold Kerri is an author herself and she asked me to draw the villain from her as yet unpublished novel, Shimmer.
Here he is! My version of Kerri O’Connell’s Erl King.If you would like to see a larger version of this drawing just click the image. That will bring you to my DA page where you can click again for a full size version.
Again, thank you so much to Kerri. It always means so much to me when a reader takes the time to let me know how they felt about my work.

Moorehawke on Facebook!

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
How thrilled I am to find that a fan of The Poison Throne has set up a face book page! Check it out here  

Thank you so much DebChetty, and thank you for contacting me to let me know! Of course I’ll stay in touch with the page and let folks know what’s happening with The Poison Throne and The Moorehawke Trilogy in general.

Just to keep you in the loop. I’ll be finished the third draft edits to The Rebel Prince: Book Three in The Moorehawke Trilogy this week. Then it goes on to my Irish editor at The O’Brien Press.

The Crowded Shadows: Book Two on The Moorehawke Trilogy is due for release this spring or Autumn 2009. I’ll let you know.


Breifne College

Saturday, January 24th, 2009
21st January 2009


A big thanks to the staff and pupils at Breifne College Cavan, where I was invited to do a reading from The Poison Throne and answer questions on writing. I’d like to particularly mention the lovely teachers Grainne and Brenda, who made my visit there such great fun. Your pupils are a marvellous bunch, intelligent, witty and very, very interesting young people.

I’ll say a special thanks to Timothy and the wonderful red headed fellow ( oh please, forgive me! I did tell you I would only remember your hair!) who helped set up the tables and who asked such fantastic questions. I loved my gift, guys, it’s exactly the kind of book that I think Razi would write into! I shall keep it only for the most special of notes! Don’t stop working on that School Magazine chaps, and if you ever go online with it, let me know!


Crannóg Bookshop

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Many many special thanks to the Crannóg Bookshop in Cavan, in particular the wonderful owner John McEvoy.

The Crannog is magical old-world type independent book shop, staffed by folks who love books and really know how to take care of their customers. They didn’t bat an eye when I wandered in off the street last year and requested they launch my book The Poison Throne. They made the entire experience a fantastic, warm and exciting event. We ran out of chairs! Who would have believed that we’d have people lined up outside the shop to get in? Thanks again to you John and Anne and Tim. Here’s to many, many more years browsing the shelves in your lovely shop.

2008 thank yous.

Saturday, January 24th, 2009
Here are my thank you’s to those schools and bookshops that invited me to give readings since the launch of The Poison Throne in Oct 2008. It has been such a whirlwind that I’m afraid my brain is a little soggy, so I apologise if I missed anyone - there have been so many and you’ve all been so great.

December 2008

Thanks to the staff in Easons Cavan (particularly Marina Lynch) who invited me to present the prizes and judge the top five entries in their Halloween writing competition. I was so impressed with the finalists who had beat out some very stiff competition to come in on top. What a wonderful job you did on those stories guys! Well done to you all.

November 2008
Thanks so much to the staff of Books and Borders Blanchardstown who invited me to give a series of readings for local secondary schools. Many thanks in particular to Eoin O’Brien, Patricia Prizeman and Tom who looked after me so well. A huge thanks too , to the teachers and girls from the local schools who turned up to hear me read from The Poison Throne. You guys were just super! I don’t think I ever signed so many posters, book marks, copy-books and hot chocolate cups (!) in my life! Thank you, you made my day!
November 2008

Thanks to the staff and teachers in Donabate Secondary who invited me in to do a reading from The Poison Throne and talk about writing and animation. What a wonderful visit. Thank you Mr Michael Stanley who looked after me so well, and also his pupils. Such lively young people you are. I was stunned by how intelligent and interesting your questions were, I could have stayed and talked with you all day!

October 2008

Many thanks to the staff and pupils at Virginia College who invited me in to give a talk on careers in Film Making and Writing. I had a wonderful time, it was great to hear your ideas and answer your questions.