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Eileen Dunlop
Author of The Haunting of Alice Fairlie, The Ghost By The Sea, Ghoul’s Den, Nicholas Moonlight and Weerdwood Eileen Dunlop has lived in Scotland all her life. Born in Alloa, 13 October 1938, she was educated at Alloa Academy and Moray House College, Edinburgh. She was Assistant Head, Sunnyside School, Alloa 1970--79, and Head of the Preparatory School, Dollar Academy 1980-90, both also full-time teaching posts. She married Antony Kamm in 1979, and they have lived in Dollar since 1980. Robinsheugh (Oxford University Press 1975) was the first of her 19 novels for children and young adults, all of which are set in Scotland and reflect the past as well as the present. The House on the Hill (OUP 1987) was commended for the Carnegie Medal and chosen for the Library Association's Scottish Writers Project 2000; in USA it was a Junior Library Guild Choice, ALA Notable Book, and nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America. For The Maze Stone (OUP 1982) and Clementina (OUP 1985) she received SAC Book Awards. Finn's Island (Blackie 1991) was commended for the McVitie's Prize for the Scottish Writer of the Year. Ghoul's Den (Poolbeg 1999) and Nicholas Moonlight (Poolbeg 2002) were shortlisted for the Reading Association of Ireland Children's Book Award. Her books have been published in Austria, Japan, Norway, and Sweden, as well as in USA and Ireland. She has also written children's books about St Columba, St Patrick, St Mungo, and saints of Scotland, and collaborated with her husband on four collections of Scottish verse and five Scottish information books for children. She is now working on an adult biography of Queen (St) Margaret of Scotland, for publication by NMS in 2005.
Gabriel Fitzmaurice
Author of A Giant Never Dies Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born in 1952, in the village of Moyvane, Co. Kerry where he still lives. He has been teaching in the local national school, where he is now principal teacher, since 1975. He is the author of more than thirty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from the Irish and has edited a number of anthologies of poetry in Irish and English. He has published a volume of essays, Kerry on my Mind, and collections of songs and ballads. A cassette of his poems, The Space Between: New and Selected Poems 1984-1992 is also available. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on education and the arts.
Colin Fletcher
Author of The Wishing Race
June Goulding
Author of The Light In The Window June Goulding was born in 1928 and trained as a nurse in the North Infirmary in Cork which was run by the French Sisters of Charity. After graduating she was called to the Erinville Maternity Hospital where she trained as a midwife. In 1951-52 for nine months she worked as a midwife in an unmarried mothers home and this book is based on that experience.
Maria Hoey

Maria Hoey has been writing since she was eight years old. Her poetry 

has appeared in Ireland’s foremost poetry publication, Poetry Ireland, 

and her poems and short stories have also appeared in various 

magazines. In 1999, Maria won first prize in the Swords Festival Short 

Story Competition. In 2010, she was runner-up in the Mslexia 

International Short Story Competition and was also shortlisted for the 

Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. Her debut novel, The Last Lost 

Girl, was published in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Annie McHale 

Debut Novel Award 2017 and the Kate O’Brien Award 2018.

Maria was raised in Swords, County Dublin, and has one daughter, 

Rebecca. She lives in Portmarnock with her husband Dr Garrett O’Boyle.

Fiona Gartland

Fiona Gartland has been a journalist with The Irish Times for fourteen 

years and has covered many cases at the Criminal Courts of Justice and 

at Family Court. She was shortlisted for the Francis McManus Short 

Story Competition on half a dozen occasions, has had stories broadcast 

and has been published in magazines. Her first novel, In the Court’s 

Hands, was published in 2018.

She lives in Dublin with her husband and four children.

Praise for about Sisterland ‘Compelling . . . reader beware – Big Sister is watching you’ Christine Dwyer Hickey ‘A beautifully extraordinary novel, very clever and brave’ Liz Nugent

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