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Deirdre Sullivan

Deirdre Sullivan is a writer and SEN teacher from Galway.

She has written a trilogy (Prim Improper, Improper Order and Primperfect), and Needlework, which was released March 2016.

Primperfect was shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature – the only YA novel to be nominated for this award from any European country.

More recently, Needlework was awarded a White Raven by the International Youth Library.

Tangleweed and Brine

'Beguiling, bewitching and poetic' - Juno Dawson

A collection of twelve dark, feminist retellings of traditional fairytales from one of Ireland's leading writers for young people. In the tradition of Angela Carter, stories such as Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin are given a witchy makeover, not for the faint-hearted. Intricately illustrated with black and white line drawings, in the style of Aubrey Beardsley, by a new Irish illustrator.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Ireland Little Island


Sometimes I fantasise about never having existed, of fading into air a little at a time and one day just being gone. Not missing – just not there.

Ces longs to be a tattoo artist and embroider skin with beautiful images. But for now she’s just trying to reach adulthood without falling apart after a traumatic childhood at the hands of both her mother and father.

Undoubtedly changed by her experiences, she craves the feeling of normality but struggles to fully connect with the people who surround her, leaving her isolated in her dream world of beauty and tattoos.

Needlework is a heart-wrenching story about a girl who wants to survive, but is unsure of how to live.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Ireland Little Island