Nominated: Derek Landy, speaking to pupils in Rush, Co Dublin, as part of the Writers in Libraries scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson

The winners of this year’s Children’s Books Ireland awards will be announced on May 13th. From the 70 or so books submitted by their publishers, th(...)

Calamitous: a scene from Stalingrad, about the Nazi onslaught on the Russian city in 1942-43, the subject of Nicola Pierce’s City of Fate. Photograph: Non-stop Production

If all the books that constitute Irish children’s literature were to be classified thematically it would soon become obvious that a very sizabl(...)

Past master: Eoin Colfer. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

HG Wells’s The Time Machine is not, perhaps, as widely read as it once was, but the signifi(...)