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Oisin McGann at the Limerick Writers Centre – Children’s Fiction Workshop.

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Oisin McGann at the Limerick Writers Centre – Children’s Fiction Workshop.

Date: Saturday Feb 27th 2010 Venue: The Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick Time 10am to 2pm Saturday Feb 27th 2010 Fee: €40 (€30 concession). Advance Booking required.

Space very limited so book now! Wherever your interest lies in the realm of children’s fiction – be it picture books, early readers or teenage fiction – you cannot miss this opportunity. Oisin McGann is one of Ireland’s foremost children’s writers and a master at communicating the business that is writing.

To register your interest in this workshop email Dominic Taylor at

About Oisin McGann: Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He started writing and illustrating stories in copybooks when he was about six or seven, setting himself on a path that would steer him well clear of ever obtaining of a proper job.

Oisin now works full-time as a writer and illustrator. He lives somewhere in the Irish countryside, where he won’t be heard shouting at his computer.

Awards and Recognition

In 2009, Strangled Silence was shortlisted for Falkirk Council’s 2010 RED Book Award.In 2008, Small-Minded Giants was shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Awards, which are open to any book, rather than just those published in the relevant year.

In 2007, Ancient Appetites was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

In May 2007, Small-Minded Giants was recommended by the Education Secretary, Alan Johnson and the School Library Association in the UK on a one-off list of Top 160 Books For Boys (No. 44).

 In 2006, Under Fragile Stone was shortlisted for the Bisto Book of the Year Award.

In 2006, The Gods And Their Machines, published by Tor in the United States, was shortlisted for Locus Magazine’s Best First Novel Award.

 In 2005, The Gods and Their Machines and The Harvest Tide Project were both shortlisted for the Reading Association of Ireland Award, the first time an author has had two books on the same shortlist for this award.

In 2005, The Gods and Their Machines won a Bisto Book of the Year Merit Award.