Siobhán Parkinson

Siobhán Parkinson was born in Dublin and raised in Loughrea, Galway, her mother’s hometown. She also lived in Letterkenny, Donegal for a number of years, where her grandmother was from, and attended secondary school there. She then came to Dublin to study English literature and German at Trinity College, Dublin in the 1970s. Siobhán received her PhD in 1981.

Siobhán is a professional writer and editor, and has achieved fame for her books for young people in particular. Her book, Sisters – No Way (O’Brien Press, 1996) won the Bisto Book of the Year award of the same year. She has gone on to win many other Bisto Book of the Year awards and CBI awards, the most recent of which being the ‘Bisto Honour Award’ for Something invisible (Puffin, 2006). The same title was shortlisted for the IBBY Honour List 2008, an international award.

She is interested in both literature and poetry, but has recently developed a sight disability leaving her unable to read books. She enjoys listening to audiobooks on her mp3 player when taking the bus or shopping. She is also a keen linguist and regularly learns new languages. Dialann sár-rúnda Amy Uí Chonchúir (Cois Life, 2008), her first book written in Irish, was shortlisted for Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin in 2008. Cois Life published her second novel in Irish, Maitríóisce, in 2011. She won the Honour Award for Fiction 2011/2012 for this book from CBI.

Siobhán was co-editor of the international journal Bookbird until 2009, work which gave her regular opportunities to travel, a pastime she still enjoys. She was the Children’s Laureate from 2010–2012 and has been working with the publishing house Little Island since founding the company in 2010.

Updated June 2019

Books for young people

Gráinne Gaiscíoch Gael (Cois Life, 2019)
Rocking the System
(Little Island, 2018)
Alexandra
(Little Island, 2014)
Maitríóisce (Cois Life, 2011)
Bruised (Hodder, 2011)
Painted ladies (New Island, 2010)
Dialann sár-rúnda Amy Ní Chonchúir (Cois life, 2008)
Blue like Friday (Puffin, 2007)
Something invisible (Puffin, 2006)
Second fiddle or how to tell a blackbird from a sausage (Puffin, 2005)
The thirteenth room (Blackstaff Press, 2003)
The love bean (O’Brien Press, 2002)
Animals don’t have ghosts (O’Brien Press, 2002)
Call of the whales (O’Brien Press, 2001)
Cows are vegetarians (O’Brien Press, 2001)
Breaking the wishbone (O’Brien Press, 1999)
Four kids, three cats, one witch (maybe) (O’Brien Press, 1997)
The moon King (O’Brien Press, 1999)
Sisters – no way! (O’Brien Press, 1996)
No peace for Amelia (O’Brien Press, 1994)
Amelia (O’Brien Press 1993)
The Leprechaun who wished he wasn’t (O’Brien Press, 1993)

Translations

Fennymore and the brumella, or, How o salt-bake a dachshund by Kirsten Reinhardt (Little Island, 2014)
The wizardling by Binette Schroeder (Little Island, 2014)
An Bíobla do Pháistí (Preas Cholmcille, 1986; athcló le Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta, 2014)
Bád Shíle : mar a d’fhoghlaim Síle ceird na seoltóireachta (An Gúm, 1996) [aistriúchán Gaeilge ar Sarah’s Boat le Douglas Alvord]
Kilcullen (Mercier Press, 1978) [aistriúchán Gaeilge ar an leabhar le Enda O’Coineen]
Comhghuaillithe na Réabhlóide (An Clóchomhar, 1966) [aistriúchán Gaeilge ar an leabhar le Pádraig Ó Snodaigh]

Siobhán Parkinson at Cois Life