Discover the spellbinding realm of Ireland’s myths and legends with fantasy favourite Catherine Doyle. Inspired by her real-life ancestral home on Arranmore Island, and her many seafaring ancestors, Catherine’s books The Storm Keeper’s Island and its sequel The Lost Tide Warriors whisk you away to a world of adventure, bravery and the high seas. Hosted by Oliver Phommavanh. Recommended for ages eight and up.
Supported by Culture Ireland and the Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney.
Catherine Doyle (International)
Catherine Doyle grew up in the West of Ireland. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Publishing. Her award-winning middle grade debut, The Storm Keeper's Island and its sequel, The Lost Tide Warriors, is set on the magical island of Arranmore, where her grandparents grew up, and is inspired by the daring sea-rescues of her ancestors. She is also the author of the YA series, Blood for Blood. Catherine lives in Galway by the sea, but spends a lot of her time in London and the US.
Oliver Phommavanh (Australian)
Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh on the page as an children's author and on the stage as a comedian. Oliver uses his experience as a primary school teacher to inspire kids to write funny stories. He has featured in Writers and Comedy festivals all across Australia and Asia. Oliver's books include Don't Follow Vee, Natural Born Loser, The Other Christy and Thai-riffic! His next book, Brain Freeze will be released later this year.