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IBA win for Deirdre Sullivan

November 2021

Deirdre Sullivan has won the Short Story of the Year category at the Irish Book Awards 2021. Open to single stories which have been published either in collections or magazines, Deirdre was nominated for the award for her short story Little Lives, which is part of her I Want to Know That I Will Be Okay collection. The awards ceremony was held virtually for the second year in a row after the ceremony was cancelled last minute due to the rising Covid cases in Ireland. 

A big congratulations to Deirdre!

Deirdre Sullivan Receives her Second White Raven

October 2018

Congratulations to Deirdre Sullivan, whose collection of feminist fairytales, Tangleweed and Brine, is a White Raven for 2018.

White Raven books are recommended by the International Youth Library and Deidre is among 200 authors from 59 countries whose books have been chosen for this. The catalogue for the White Raven books for 2018 will be launched at Frankfurt Book Fair and exhibited at Bologna Book Fair in 2019.

Tangleweed & Brine shortlisted for the CBI Book of the Year!

March 2018

The outstanding Tangleweed & Brine by super-YA-talent Deirdre Sullivan has been shortlisted for the CBI Book of the Year Award 2018!

CBI Book of the Year Awards are the leading children’s book awards in Ireland, past winners include Eoin Colfer and John Boyne. 

Congratulations Deirdre!

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! 

Deirdre Sullivan up for Irish Book Awards for third year

October 2021

Deirdre Sullivan has been shortlisted for an Irish Book Award for the third year in a row. Little Lives, from Deirdre's I Want To Know That I Will Be Okay story collection, has been included in the shortlist for the Short Story of the Year 2021. The story has also been optioned for Film & TV adaptation. 

The winner is schedule to be announced at an in-person awards ceremony in Dublin on the 23rd of November.

A huge congratulations to Deirdre!

Tangleweed & Brine wins CBI Book of the Year!

May 2018

Deirdre Sullivan, rising star in YA fiction, has won the CBI Book of the Year Award 2018 for her dark, feminist fairytale collection Tangleweed & Brine. 

The judges said, "This remarkable book is a significant and timely contribution to Irish young-adult literature and feminist literature for young people. Deirdre Sullivan's simultaneously rich, delicate and stark text is powerfully enhanced by Karen Vaughan's haunting black and white illustrations.

Combining the timeless allure of dark fantasy with subversive explorations of female embodiment and systems of women's suffering and triumphs, this incisive, exquisite collection promises an enthralling and unsettling experience."

Congratulations, Deirdre!

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.


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