Siobhán Parkinson is a novelist and one of Ireland's best-known writers for children. She has about twenty books in print, a bagful of awards and nominations, and her books have been translated into about twenty languages. Like most writers, Siobhán has a finger in quite a few literary pies. She teaches creative writing (as they insist on calling it, awful phrase), she translates from German, she goes to conferences and harangues people, she edits all kinds of things (magazines, books, it depends…), she visits schools and works with children on their writing projects.
You can read about how she came to be involved with Little Island on the About Us page of this website. She is visually impaired, which means she has to rely mainly on audiobooks for reading, and she works by using magnification software and a voice on her computer. She lives in Dublin with her husband, who is a woodturner and without her grown-up son, who is a student.
Some recent titles by Siobhán Parkinson
Something Invisible, for readers of about 10+ (Bisto Honour Book; IBBY Honour book) The Henny Penny Tree, a fairy tale for younger readers (6+) Dialann Sár-Rúnda Amy Ní Chonchúir, for girls of about 11-13.
She’s just finished a new novel for young teenagers, and is working on another Irish-language novel for older children.