On Saturday November 14, well-know children’s author Oisín McGann is hosting a talk at Westport Library as part of the 2015 Rolling Sun Book Festival. The event is free of charge and suitable for children up to 12 years of age. Oisín is one of Ireland’s most prolific and best-known writer-illustrators, producing books for all ages of reader. He is a winner of the European Science Fiction Society Award, the Bisto Book of the Year Merit Award, and has been shortlisted for numerous other awards, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in the UK, le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire in France, and Locus Magazine's Best First Novel Award in the US.
Oisín was born in Dublin and spent his childhood there and in Drogheda. He studied at Ballyfermot Senior College and Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design, and went on to work in illustration, design, and film animation, later moving to London to work as an art director and copy writer in advertising. He now lives back in Ireland and works full time as a writer and illustrator. He has produced numerous books for all ages of reader, including the Mad Grandad series, the MAC series and The Forbidden Files series.
He has written 11 young adult novels: The Gods And Their Machines, The Harvest Tide Project, Under Fragile Stone, Small-Minded Giants, the three books in the Steampunk series, The Wildenstern Saga: Ancient Appetites, The Wisdom of Dead Men and Merciless Reason; the conspiracy thriller, Strangled Silence, as well as the surveillance state thriller, Rat Runners. Most recently, he has written two tie-in novels for the online strategy game, Kings of the Realm; War’s Harvest and Cruel Salvation, both released in 2014 and two books for Oxford University Press’s Project X series for young readers, released in 2015. For more details on the Rolling Sun Festival visit http://www.rollingsunbookfestival.com.