Inis news

Inis magazine, in print and online, is the most important record of the development of Irish children’s literature. It is a rare source of regular review for Irish authors, illustrators and publishers and Irish-language texts and as such it is vital for the promotion of Irish works for young audiences and for the career development of Irish artists. It has documented the growth and status of children’s literature studies as an academic discipline and we are about to publish our sixtieth issue!

We are bidding farewell to Juliette Saumande, Reviews Editor, and Siobhán McNamara, Irish Language Editor, who leave us after over a decade of work between them dedicated to this magazine. They have imbued the publication with their warmth, wisdom and expertise and have been a pleasure to work with. Both Juliette and Siobhán will continue to work with Children’s Books Ireland in other guises, and we thank them wholeheartedly for all they have brought to Inis and to the team.

We are excited to introduce our new editorial team, expanded to three in response to the increased volume of submissions: Kim Harte (0–9), Becky Long (10–YA) and Muireann Ní Chíobháin (Irish Language Reviews Editor). Kim rejoins the Children’s Books Ireland team having worked on the magazine as maternity cover in 2018, bringing skills and expertise from backgrounds in bookselling and library and information studies. Becky has a PhD in Irish children’s literature, and both have been our Book Doctors, reviewers and section editors for Recommended Reads for some years. Muireann is a screenwriter, author, broadcaster and performer with twelve years’ experience creating content for young Irish and international audiences. This new team brings so much to Inis, not least their energy, enthusiasm and significant skills and expertise. As we move into a new era and, under the stewardship of Jenny Murray, Deputy CEO of Children’s Books Ireland and overall editor of the magazine, they will no doubt continue to build on the great work of their predecessors.

Kim Harte is a Children’s Books Ireland Book Doctor and section editor of the annual Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads guide. Formerly a school librarian and currently a bookseller, Kim also facilitates the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown LexIcon children’s book club. She has an academic background in library and information studies and linguistics and over ten years’ experience in the children’s literature sector.

“I’m over the moon to be joining the Inis editorial team. The magazine, in print and online, is the most consistent outlet for reviews of Irish children’s literature and an important record of the evolution of the children’s literature sector in Ireland. The overarching aim of Children’s Books Ireland is to make books central to every child’s life and Inis serves a vital function towards achieving this by informing the adults – parents, teachers, librarians, booksellers, caregivers – who are in a position to engage and provide children with books. It’s a resource I’ve relied on as a librarian when choosing books for my school library and one I continue to rely on as a bookseller and as a children’s book club facilitator. I’m honoured and excited to assume the role as 0–9 Reviews Editor and am looking forward to working with the ever-growing legion of reviewers and the Children’s Books Ireland team.”

Children’s and young people’s books and culture are Becky’s passion. Having graduated from the inaugural M.Phil in children’s literature in Trinity College Dublin in 2012, Becky received funding from the Irish Research Council to undertake a PhD in Irish children’s literature in 2014. She became a Children’s Books Ireland Book Doctor in 2016 and has been a section editor for the Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads since then. Since 2019, she has been working as a programme coordinator with the Access Programme in Trinity College.

“As a Book Doctor for Children’s Books Ireland, I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to engage with communities across Ireland through books. Every child deserves access to stories, to creative agency and educational support and opportunity through the provision of books and the involvement of informed and engaged adults in their families, communities, schools and libraries. Inis magazine is not only a resource for parents, educators, librarians and readers, it is also an essential forum for those who produce literature for children in Ireland; authors, illustrators, and publishers. I am incredibly excited to become a part of the Inis team. Since the emergence of its current iteration in 2002, the magazine has not only charted the development and study of modern children’s literature in this country, with its current issues providing an invaluable source of reviews and interviews, it has directly contributed to the advancement and enrichment of children’s culture in Ireland. As the flagship publication of Children’s Books Ireland, Inis stands poised to support and inspire all those who hold a passion for stories and for the rights of children to read and to be inspired.”

Is scríbhneoir, craoltóir, aisteoir agus scéalaí í Muireann Ní Chíobháin. I measc na saothar uaithi tá na sraitheanna teilifíse don óige ‘Dig In Diner’, ‘Mr Mender and The Chummyjiggers’ agus ‘The Adventures of Muc’ atá le feiceáil ar RTÉjr. I measc na scéalta gearra atá scríofa aici do pháistí tá bailiúchán scéalta faoi ‘LUKE’ mar chuid den tsraith teilifíse cháiliúil ‘Tell Me a Story’, agus os cionn 100 scéal do na sraitheanna ‘Shhh It’s Quiet Time’, ‘Pic a Story’ agus ‘Storytime’ atá le feiceáil ar RTÉjr. Tá obair déanta aici do dhaoine fásta freisin – ba scríbhneoir í ar shraitheanna 27, 28 agus 29 de Fair City. Tá Muireann ag obair faoi láthair ar shraith bheochana nua, ‘Mya Go’ do Piranha Bar (RTÉjr) agus ‘Jessy and Nessy’ do Jam Media (Amazon).

Screenwriter, creator and performer, Muireann Ní Chíobháin is passionate about creating and writing stories for young audiences. Creator and Lead Writer of RTÉjr series ‘Dig In Diner’ and ‘Mr. Mender and The Chummyjiggers’, Muireann specialises in writing for young audiences. She has written shows such as ‘Twigín’, ‘The Adventures of Muc’, ‘Spraoi’, ‘Tell Me A Story’, ‘Story Time’, and ‘Shhh It’s Quiet Time’ on RTÉjr. For big people, Muireann has been a contributing story writer for Fair City on Series 27, 28 and 29 to date. Muireann is currently writing on new animation series ‘Mya Go’ for Piranha Bar (RTÉjr) and ‘Jessy and Nessy’ for Jam Media (Amazon)

‘Táim fíor-shásta a bheith ag thabhairt faoin ról nua seo. Táimse tar éis an-thairbhe a bhaint as irisleabhar Inis mé féin thar na blianta agus táim ag tnúth go mór le tosnú leis an bhfoireann eagarthóireachta anois.’

‘I’m truly thrilled to be taking on this new role. As someone who has got a lot out of Inis over the years myself, I’m really looking forward to joining the editorial team now.’