Review: Darkmouth, by Shane Hegarty
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  • January 31, 2015, 00:56

Some years ago I went on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to justify the scary nature of some modern children’s literature to John Humphrys, the show’s f(...)

James de la Rue’s illustration of Finn and Emmie from Darkmouth

A couple of years ago, I was given the chance to write children’s fiction for a living. It was a welcome and unexpected change of tack that has sin(...)

Darkmouth concerns Finn, a 12-year-old desperate to defend his town from attack by monsters named Legends.

It has been confirmed that Alcon Entertainment, producer of such hit movies as The Blind Side and Prisoners, has acquired the film rights to Shane Heg(...)

Sarah Webb, Roddy Doyle, Emma Brade and Niamh Sharkey at the launch of Beyond the Stars
The story behind Beyond the Stars
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  • October 14, 2014, 01:16

Beyond the Stars is unique. It’s a collection of 12 short stories for children, written by some of the most acclaimed Irish children’s writers – curre(...)

Illustration: Clare Brennan

Our final week of How to Write a Book deals with what to some is the best part (completing a work, having it edit ready) or the worst (showing it t(...)

Shane Hegarty at the Harbour in Skerries, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s reputation for producing sought-after authors of fantasy fiction has been further bolstered by the announcement that(...)