Books from the Island of Story-Tellers

In recent years Irish writers and illustrators have gained huge success in the field of Children’s Literature. Ireland’s Children’s Laureate, PJ Lynch, makes a personal survey of some of his country’s outstanding creators of books for children. From Hans Christian Andersen Award winner, Martin Waddell, and the creators of Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, to the hugely influential Oliver Jeffers in the area of picture books, and from multi-million selling Artemis Fowl author, Eoin Colfer to writers such as Louise O’Neill and Sarah Crossan who are taking today’s international YA market by storm, Lynch extolls great Irish successes and explores some possible reasons for this disproportionate out-pouring of talent.

Speaker: PJ Lynch
Author and Illustrator (Ireland)

P. J. Lynch has worked as a Children’s Book Illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in England in 1984. He has won many awards including the Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Medal three times, and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions. PJ has recently been announced as the fourth Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature.