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Deirdre Sullivan

Deirdre Sullivan is writer and teacher from Galway. She has written eight acclaimed books for young adults, including Savage Her Reply (Little Island 2020), Perfectly Preventable Deaths (Hot Key Books 2019), and Tangleweed and Brine (Little Island 2017). She was the recipient of the CBI Book of the Year Award in 2018 and 2021 and the An Post Irish Book Award for YA in 2018 and 2020. Her collection of short fiction for adults, I Want to Know That I Will Be Okay was published in 2021. Little Lives, one of the short stories from I Want To Know That I Will Be Okay won the An Post Irish Book Award for Short Fiction in 2021, and has been optioned for film. Weave, a collaborative collection of short fiction and folklore, co-written by Deirdre and Oein DeBhairduin and illustrated by Yingge Xu was released in 2022 by Skein Press. 


Weave is the second of the Solstice Stories, an innovative series designed to celebrate the small, the brilliant, and the beautiful. In this unique collaboration, writers Deirdre Sullivan and Oein DeBhairduin and artist Yingge Xu explore their shared passion for storytelling, folklore and ritual. Encompassing eight stories inspired by the eight festivals in the wheel of the year, this book illuminates our experiences and traverses our fears, intertwining older threads with contemporary spaces.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Skein Press

I Want To Know That I Will Be Okay

In this dark, glittering collection of short stories, Deirdre Sullivan explores the trauma and power that reside in women’s bodies. A teenage girl tries to fit in at a party held in a haunted house, with unexpected and disastrous consequences. A mother and daughter run a thriving online business selling antique dolls, while their customers get more than they bargained for. And after a stillbirth, a young woman discovers that there is something bizarre and wondrous growing inside of her. With empathy and invention, Sullivan effortlessly blends genres in stories that are by turns strange and exquisite. Already established as an award-winning writer for children and young adults, I Want to Know That I Will Be Okay marks her arrival as a captivating new voice in literary fiction.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK, Commonwealth & Ireland Banshee Press
Audio Bolinda

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