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Tangleweed and Brine wins BGE Award 2017

November 2017

We are so happy to announce that Deirdre Sullivan's dark, feminist fairy tale collection, Tangleweed and Brine, has won the Eason Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year at the BGE Irish Book Awards!

The beautiful collection is illustrated by Karen Vaughan and is published by Little Island Books. 

Congratulations, Deirdre!

Needlework wins CBI Award 2017

May 2017

Deirdre Sullivan's powerful and poetic novel Needlework has won the Honor Award for Fiction at the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017. 

The judges said: 'Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan is a poetic and eloquent exploration of violation, abuse, neglect and advocacy of the transformative power of art. Starkly genuine and sincere, Sullivan’s powerful use of the metaphor of tattooing invites reflection about identity, difference, self-protection and self-invention. This searing yet delicate representation of adolescent experience will resonate deeply with teenagers and is a story that needs to be told and needs to be read.'

Congratulations Deirdre!

Deirdre Sullivan wins a White Raven

October 2016

Our YA author Deirdre Sullivan has been awarded a White Raven by the International Youth Library for her powerful and poetic novel, Needlework.

Each year the language specialists at the International Youth Library, in Munich, Germany, select newly published books from around the world that they consider to be especially noteworthy.

The White Raven label is given to books that deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design.


Tangleweed and Brine - out now

September 2017

The outstanding collection of feminist fairytale re-tellings, by rising star Deirdre Sullivan is out today.

Deirdre's poetic and dark re-imagined tales include The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, along with some other lesser known stories. She carefully selected these stories as they had affected her more than others. 

“Very early on in life, you are told if you do the right thing and behave a certain way, you’ll get the desired result. But in those tales, the characters did all the right things, yet they still didn’t get what they wanted and that felt realistic to me.”

Congratulations Deirdre! 

Needlework nominated for CBI Book of the Year 2017

March 2017

We are so thrilled that Deidre Sullivan's Needlework has been nominated for a CBI Book of the Year Award 2017.

The CBI Book Awards are literary awards presented annually in the Republic of Ireland to writers and illustrators of books for children and young people. Previous winners include Eoin Colfer and John Boyne. 

Congratulations Deirdre! 

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