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Once Upon a Place
Once Upon a Place

Once Upon a Place

Compiled by Eoin Colfer, Illustrated by PJ Lynch


224 Pages, 6 x 8.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $21.99)

Publication Date: April 2017

ISBN 9781910411377

Rights: US & CA

Little Island Books (Apr 2017)

Price: $16.99


The author of the Artemis Fowl series has compiled a new anthology of stories and poems focusing on the special link between story and place in Ireland

Once Upon a Place features six new poems by Irish poets alongside 11 new short stories from many of Ireland's leading children's writers including Roddy Doyle, Derek Landy and former Laureate na nÓg (a position awarded in Ireland to children's book creators) Siobhán Parkinson, as well as the first ever story for children by Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan, director of My Left Foot and In America. It also features 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. Each of the stories and poems is based around the theme of place, being set in or inspired by a particular location within Ireland. Lavish black-and-white charcoal illustrations make this unique anthology a very beautiful object.


"This book is a gift that could be given to any child of any age, the younger kids could be read to. But it's also a gift we should buy for ourselves. Rarely does one find such a rainbow of outstanding talent in one little book, one truly exceptional anthology." —Sunday Independent

"A significant publication, affording ample evidence of the high quality of the best of our current children's literature. It is a pleasure to add that the quality of the content is matched in this instance by the extremely attractive standards of the book's production values." —Irish Times

"A thrilling compilation of short stories and poems." —Foreword Reviews 

"a thrilling compilation of short stories and poems."—Foreword Reviews

"An excellent volume that will hopefully now reach a wide readership on this side of the pond." —School Library Journal

"[T]his collection. . . will have readers everywhere believing not only in the undeniable magic of Ireland but also the infinite possibilities of the imagination." —Booklist

Author Biography

Eoin Colfer is the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, which is soon to be filmed. He has also written And Another Thing, a sequel to Douglas Adams's Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Eoin was the Children's Laureate of Ireland from 2014-2016. P.J. Lynch is widely regarded as Ireland's finest illustrator, and is the current Children's Laureate of Ireland. He has won the Mother Goose award and the Kate Greenaway Medal (twice).