There’s A Coven Of YA Witches Coming To CBI’s Conference This Year, And It’s Sure To Be Spellbinding!

Children’s Books Ireland can’t wait for our Coven of YA witches Panel at our conference, Belonging, this September. Deirdre Sullivan, Sarah Maria Griffin, and Moïra Fowley-Doyle will be joined in conversation by Mairi Kidd to share their thoughts on feminist novels, rooted in witch craft and Irish history, and why they seem more potent than ever.

Deirdre Sullivan is an award-winning author who has told stories that range from the everyday coming of age trials of a teenager in her Primrose Leary series, to her award-winning novel Needlework which deals with surviving abuse. In her writing Sullivan has demonstrated the ability to craft books that speak to a wide range of readers. Her collection of fairytale retellings, Tangleweed and Brine, shows her continued dedication to writing interesting stories, centred on complex female protagonists. Her most recent work is Perfectly Preventable Deaths, offers even further proof of this commitment, detailing a story of witchcraft and sisterhood well worth the read.

Sarah Maria Griffin has shown herself to be a formidable talent since her debut novel, Spare and Found Parts, which uses the allegorical nature of Sci-fi to tell a compelling story about finding hope in a dystopic world. Her most recent novel, Other Words for Smoke, continues this trend of excellent storytelling, utilising fantasy to create a whole new world to suck readers in.

Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Author of The Accident Season and Spellbook of the Lost & Found, is no stranger to magical tales that place women at their centre. Her newest novel, All the Bad Apples, is set to continue this trend, mixing the history of oppression of Irish women’s reproductive rights with the idea of curses. She continues to be focused on using the world of magic to make her readers think.

Leading these three women in conversation is Mairi Kidd, and the current head of Literature, Languages and Publishing at Creative Scotland. The former managing director of Barrington Stoke, an award winning independent Scottish publisher that specialises in accessible fiction titles for children and young people, Mairi has shown herself to be dedicated to the promoting equality in publishing and ensuring everyone has a place in the world of books.

These four witchy women are guaranteed to be worth hearing. Don’t miss out on this amazing panel, book your tickets now!

For a full list of speakers, check out our conference flyer!

Book your tickets for the conference, on the 21st and 22nd of September, now!

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About Elaine Smyth

Children's Books Ireland Summer Intern 2019, and Masters student of Children's Literature at Trinity College Dublin.