Louise Gallagher

Louise Gallagher rediscovered the magic of children’s books when she was supposed to be far too old to enjoy them, but hasn’t let that stop her spending as much time around them as possible. She even went back to college to learn how to talk about them with other adults (using extremely long words), but finds that you often need to talk to children about these things to hear any sense. Her dream job would be talking to people about how amazing children’s books are every day, so being a CBI Book Doctor is pretty much the best gig ever.

Louise has an M.Phil in Children’s Literature and is a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. She is a section editor (ages 12-14) of CBI’s annual Inis Reading Guide and a regular contributor of reviews and articles to Inis magazine. She has previously worked as a Library Assistant with Kildare Library & Arts Service.

Childhood Classic

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien because it introduced me to fantasy and the wonders of other worlds.

Top Five Favourite Children’s Books:

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell
The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
The Arrival by Shaun Tan

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