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Reading From The Crowded Shadows. Chapter ‘Fire’

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Busy, busy, working on the last of the edits to The Rebel Prince and getting ready for my Write Stuff workshops in Monaghan and Clones tomorrow, so I don’t have too much time. But I thought I’d share this video, sent to me by John Wood. It was taken at The Crowded Shadows launch, Sept 2009. And is a reading from the chapter ‘Fire.’

Huge thanks to Willowpark Jnr School.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
Just stepping out of my Moorehawke coma for a mo, to shout a big THANK YOU to the lads at Willowpark Park Jnr School, Blackrock. I had a blast with you guys yesterday. I hope you enjoyed chatting with me and that the readings weren’t too boring!
Special thanks to Marie Byrne who helped me find my way around and generally looked after me. Thanks too to headmaster Jim Casey who made me feel welcome and who made bookweek possible. The boys are so lucky to have people willing to make an extra effort so that these awesome kind of extra curricular things can happen.

Big shout out to teachers Heather Davis, James Docherty, Karl Mageeam, Judith McKeon, Christy McDade and Hilary King, and their students in M6, St Johns, K5, and J5.

Kudos on a fantastic bunch of students – articulate, enquiring, interesting young men all.

Now - back to Alberon and Wyn, who I left in the middle of a rather fraught conversation.


Event’s for this week

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

I find myself slap bang in the middle of some juicy Rebel Prince edits at the moment, so just a brief post to let you know where I’ll be this week.

Monday 28th September, Willow Park School: Blackrock

Very much looking forward to meeting the chaps in Willowpark. I’ll be doing a few readings from The Poison Throne and The Crowded Shadows. Hopefully we’ll have time for a bit of a chat as well.

Thursday 1st October, CBI Residency, Monaghan

This will be the begining of my month’s residency in Monaghan and Clones Libraries. As part of the Children’s Bookfest, I’ll be working with two separate groups of young adults. We’re going to work together on a collection of related stories, poems or comic strips. Hopefully we’ll produce something that will reflect each person involved, but also which will add together to create a cohesive narrative! I’m very excited about this. You can follow our progress on the Write Stuff blog - which I will link to as soon as it goes live.

 Friday 2nd October, Meath County Libraries (Age group: 13-16)

 Reading in Kells Library, Maudlin Street, Kells at 10am

Reading in Oldcastle Library, Oldcastle at 12.30pm

If you’re in the area come along!

Saturday 3rd October, 12-3pm, ‘Bubblegum Club’ Book Bash

Causes do not get any worthier then the Bubblegum Club so come and join us at the Kingston Hotel, in Dun Laoghaire for the first ever Irish literary lunch for children and teens. An author or book guru at every table! Come along and meet:

Derek Landy, Mr Skulduggery Pleasant himself! Winner of this year’s Irish Book Awards.
Marita Conlon McKenna, much loved and multi award winning author of Under the Hawthorne Tree
Sarah Webb, author of the hugely popular Amy Green series and bestselling author for mums and big sisters too!
Don Conroy, writer, artist and much loved Uncle Don from Den TV
Joe O’Brien, author of the Alfie Green series and other brilliant books
Judi Curtin, creator of the mega cool Alice and Megan books
Celine Kiernan, author of the Moorhawk fantasy/adventure trilogy
Claire Hennessy, teen writing sensation who started her career at age 13!
Alison Walsh, uber experienced editor Ivan O’Brien, publisher, O’Brien Press
Plus more amazing writers - David Maybury, Maeve Friel, Jane Mitchell, Roisin Meaney, and Sarah Rees Brennan. And David O’Callaghan, book guru from Eason.

A fantastic, once in a lifetime chance to talk to these amazingly talented authors. Derek Landy will entertain with tales from the depths of his wickedly creative mind. And our crack team of book trade professionals will answer all your questions on how a book is created and how you too can get published.

It gets even more exciting – every young reader will go home with a goody bag, and there will also be an Author Auction - win a writer to visit your school, or signed books by Darren Shan and other cool writers, plus a bookshop on site.

Apparently tickets are limited and early demand has been unprecedented, so book now to avoid disappointment. Children e20, adults e25 (child and adult tickets both include lunch – and child tickets include free goody bags)
All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Booking: email -
Tel: 01 2360456 or 086 2628888 or check out for details
Children’s Book Festival info:

Small Facebook Reminder

Friday, September 25th, 2009

 Don’t forget folks. Debchetty has transferred activey from her original Moorehawke Facebook Page, to her new Celine Kiernan Fanpage. There’s unlikely to be anymore news or discussions on the old page, so if you still want to keep in touch come on over and join the Celine Kiernan fanpage, which is easier for Deb to update and for me to interact with.

Reader’s Association of Ireland Award Winner!

Friday, September 25th, 2009
I’m thrilled to announce that The Poison Throne has won the 33rd annual RAI award! Thank you so much to the committee who shortlisted the book from 88 nominees and chose it as winner from the six top books. Congratulations to my fellow shortlisted authors, and to Conor Costick who’s novel Move won the special merit award for it’s contribution to YA science-fiction and who was personally awarded for the significance of his body of work.

Finian O'Shea, Chair of judges, and me with my lovely trophy.

Finian O'Shea, Chair of judges, and me with my lovely trophy.

Many, many thanks, I won’t stop smiling for days!

You can read more about the awards at The O’Brien Press Blog here!

The amzing line up of O'Brien Press authors honoured in last nights awards.

The amazing line up of O'Brien Press authors honoured in last nights awards. Éanna Ní Lamhna, publisher Michael O'Brien, Celine Kiernan, Costick, Maddie Steward, Brendan O'Brien.

I love my trophy, it’s very elegant and beautiful. I’m so moved that my first published work would be honoured by such a deeply heartfelt and respected award.

Faster Than Light

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Just finished a long distance interview with the lovely Grant Stone of Faster Than Light Radio in Australia. Had a smashing time chatting with him, I must say! The interview is scheduled for  broadcast on Monday 5th October at 10am WA time, but in the meantime anyone who likes fantasy or sci-fi should tune in because this radio station is totally dedicated to discussing books, movies, and graphic novels in the fantasy and sci-fi genre. Including some damned fine interviews with all the top guys in the field!

If anyone is interested in tuning in. The Faster Than Light radio show goes out on RTR FM in Perth, Western Australia. It’s also distributed via the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia on Wednesday evenings where 140 stations can record the satellite feed for playback within their own schedules, so listeners will need to check with their local community station to find out when the show is broadcast near them. if you want to suss out their podcast archive, you’ll find it HERE

I’ll give you a heads-up when my interview is online and available for listenage!

Beautiful and Moving Sand Art

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I could not resist posting this.

Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine’s version of “America’s Got Talent.” She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and “sand painting” skills to interpret Germany’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.

Orbit Cover and RAI Awards

Monday, September 21st, 2009
Still a quivering glutinous mess, me, and feeling mighty sorry for myself, it has to be said. But two things happened today to cheer me up no end. Firstly The Poison Throne has been nominated for a Reading Association of Ireland award. ( it’s a testament to the O’Brien Press that five of the six titles are OBP publications! It’ll be like a family reunion on the night.) Looking forward to toddling on down to Dublin for the awards ceremonies on Thursday.

As if that wasn’t enough cheery news, I received this in the post today.


Cover for the UK edition of The Poison Throne

Cover for the UK edition of The Poison Throne

 It’s beautiful cover for the UK edition of The Poison Throne!! Huge thanks to all in the design dept at Orbit for this lovely lovely cover. Most especially to Steve Stone who is responsible for the artwork. The Poison Throne is due for it’s UK/US release April of next year and I simply cannot wait to hold this lovely edition in my hands. Thanks again, Bella Pagan, Joanna Kramer and all at Orbit for making such a fantastic job of it – and for being such sweethearts to work with! I could not be happier with it!


Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Huge apologies but I just won’t be able to make it to the Sunday Independent Book2009 Sunday Event.

I’m a bit of a shivering sweaty wreck I’m afraid. Amusing and all as it might be to see me struggle up to the podium to choke my way through a reading of The Crowded Shadows, I doubt anyone would like to share my germs. So, again I say, huge apologies, and WAH I really wanted to see John Connolly’s talk.


Books2009 & the dread lurgy.

Friday, September 18th, 2009

To everyone’s huge surprise, the Australian edits to The Crowded Shadows have clashed with my Irish first draft edits on The Rebel Prince. I decided the only way to handle this heavy work load was to concentrate on one book for three days solid, then turn to the other for the next three days, then back to the first. It’s working so far – mind you my head is spinning!

Any hoo. My beloved daughter has decided to share her dreaded lurgy with me. So, instead of staggering from bed before dawn this morning and working on the Aussie edits, I have crawled from beneath the duvet to say that I’m not working today because I AM SICK. WAH.

I’m crawling back to bed now. But before I do I want to remind you that I’m speaking at the Sunday Independent Books2009 festival at the National Gallery in Dublin on Sunday. Lots and lots of great authors attending ( I personally will be lined up at John Connolly’s table with a big grin and a book for him to sign)


I’m the opening speaker on Sunday, my talk is at 12, ticket price is six euros. Lets hope I sparkle and shine on the day, because right now all I’m am is shivering and dull.