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Perfectly Preventable Deaths Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards

October 2019

Deirdre Sullivan’s Perfectly Preventable Deaths has been shortlisted for the 2019 Teen/Young Adult Irish Book Award.

Sixteen-year-old twins Madeline and Catlin move to a new life in Ballyfrann, a strange isolated Irish town, a place where the earth is littered with small corpses and unspoken truths. A place where, for generations, teenage girls have gone missing in the surrounding mountains. As distance grows between the twins - as Catlin falls in love, and Madeline begins to understand her own nascent witchcraft - Madeline discovers that Ballyfrann is a place full of predators. And when Catlin falls into the gravest danger of all, Madeline must ask herself who she really is, and who she wants to be - or rather, who she might have to become to save her sister.

The Irish Book Awards celebrate the diversity of the Irish literary scene, with the winners announced at a ceremony in Dublin on November 20th. Congratulations 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! 

Perfectly Preventable Deaths publishes today!

May 2019

Perfectly Preventable Deaths, by Deirdre Sullivan, is out today!

Sixteen-year-old twins Madeline and Catlin move to a new life in Ballyfrann, a strange isolated Irish town, a place where the earth is littered with small corpses and unspoken truths. A place where, for generations, teenage girls have gone missing in the surrounding mountains. As distance grows between the twins - as Catlin falls in love, and Madeline begins to understand her own nascent witchcraft - Madeline discovers that Ballyfrann is a place full of predators. And when Catlin falls into the gravest danger of all, Madeline must ask herself who she really is, and who she wants to be - or rather, who she might have to become to save her sister.

Perfectly Preventable Deaths is published by Hot Key Books, and has been described as 'the novel the recent Sabrina reboot wishes it could be'.

Congratulations, 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.

Congratulations!