Agent: Sophie Hicks
Siobhán Parkinson studied for her primary degree in English literature and German at Trinity College Dublin and graduated in 1976. She went on later to take a PhD in English literature (on the poetry of Dylan Thomas), awarded in 1982. Siobhan is a member of the Irish Society for Children’s Literature and the International Research Society on Children’s Literature, and she currently lives in Dublin where she teaches creative writing at St Patrick’s College.
Siobhan has written books for children and adults, and has also translated children’s books into English. Siobhan served as Ireland's first ever Laureate for Children's Literature from May 2010 to May 2012. She has been awarded multiple honours, most recently the Gold Medal and Honourary Patronage of the Philosophical Society at Trinity College Dublin.
Siobhan regularly appears on radio, and takes an active part in encouraging children and young people in writing. Her work has been critically discussed most recently in Nancy Watson’s The Politics and Poetics of Irish Children’s Literature (2013).
Her next book is called Miraculous Miranda and will be published by Hachette Children's in 2016.