Thank you for dropping by. I'm an award-winning writer of books for children and young people, based in Ireland.
My most recent published book is A Dangerous Crossing, published in Ireland and UK in February 2017. Schools and teachers can find a teaching guide on the Teachers’ page. A Dangerous Crossing is due for publication in North America in spring 2018, under the title Without Refuge.
My short story There and Here was included in the Irish Laureate na nÓg’s anthology Once Upon a Place, published in October 2015 by Little Island Books. Once Upon a Place is a collection of short stories and poems by Ireland’s top children’s writers, edited by 2014-2016 Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer, and illustrated by world-renowned artist and 2016-2018 Laureate na nÓg P.J. Lynch. Each story and poem is based around the theme of place, being set in or inspired by a particular location within Ireland.
If I visit your school or library, I am always happy to sign books and answer questions. However, I don’t sign loose pages torn from notebooks or scraps of paper, because these can easily get lost or misplaced. Nor do I sign hands, forearms or foreheads.
I’m sometimes asked about the banner pictures on the top of the pages of my website. They are all photographs I have taken myself when travelling. I change them every so often; sometimes I upload up pictures relevant to my books.
The photographs on this page and on my Books page were taken at the Jungle Camp in Calais, where 7,000 refugees lived in inhumane and unhealthy conditions for almost 2 years until the camp was dismantled by the French authorities in November 2016. Men, women and children arrived at the camp every day, trying to find a way to the UK to start a new life. They came from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Palestine, Chad, Eritrea, Iraq, Albania, Senegal, Kurdistan, Libya and Ethiopia. I volunteered in the camp in 2016 and met with some of these people, who lived in the squalid conditions with great dignity, resourcefulness and a remarkable sense of humour.