A painting of a man on the edge of cliff overlooking a large landscape of fields and a river, that fades into the distant hills and a castle. The title is at the top on gold letters.

Once Upon a Place

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Former Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series, has compiled a new anthology of stories and poems for children that focuses on the special link between story and place in Ireland. Lavish black-and-white charcoal illustrations by fellow former Laureate na nÓg, award-winning artist and picturebook illustrator P.J. Lynch will make this unique anthology a very beautiful object.

Once upon a Place features six new poems by Irish poets alongside stories from many of Ireland’s leading children’s writers including Roddy Doyle, Derek Landy and former Laureate na nÓg Siobhán Parkinson, as well as the first ever story for children by Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan, director of My Left Foot, The Field and In America. It will also feature new work by Eoin Colfer himself, along with Pat Boran, Seamus Cashman, John Connolly, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Mark Granier, Paula Leyden, Oisín McGann, Geraldine Mills, Jane Mitchell, Kate Newmann, Sarah Webb and Enda Wyley.

Any royalties from the book will go towards the Laureate na nÓg project, which aims to raise the profile of children’s literature in Ireland and internationally and to introduce high quality children’s books to new audiences.


Compiled: Eoin Colfer

Illustrator: P. J. Lynch

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Little Island

ISBN: 9781912417049

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