‘Daideo’ winner of Literacy Association of Ireland Children’s Book Award 30 September 2015 – Posted in: Uncategorised

It’s hard to know what to say to Áine Ní Ghlinn‘s latest achievement – she has won not one, not two, but three awards for her latest book from Cois Life, Daideo! On Thursday 24 September 2015, at the 39th International Conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland in the Marino Institute of Education, Áine’s book Daideo was announced as winner of the LAI Children’s Book Award, 2015. Máirín Wilson, president of the jury who made the decision, said that while reading the 94 books which were entered in the competition, ‘the craft of Irish writing was really evident, and really reassuring’. The president of the Association, Fiona Nic Fhionnlaoich, who is dedicated to the promotion of literacy in Irish among young people was also enthusiastic. Congratulating Áine on her achievement, she commented on how much it added to the awards ceremony that it was bilingual, as well as being a great opportunity for the many trainee teachers present to get a taste of the wealth of Irish-language books now on the market.

Daideo, which tells the story of a youngster on the run from his parents and befriended by an elderly man, seemingly on the run from his own controlling children, won the Gradam Réics Carlo in 2014, and the Children’s Book Award for fiction earlier this year. Even for a famous author, this is quite the accomplishment. In her acceptance speech Áine gave us an insight into how the story began when she was on a long train journey and couldn’t help but overhear a grandfather and his grandchild… She also thanked her youngest son for the insights which turned the first draft into the great book we now have – he was the story’s first reader, and its first critic!

The other books nominated for the award were: Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan by Sheila Agnew, My First Book of Irish Animals by Juanita Browne illustrated by Aoife Quinn, An tÉan Órga by Caitríona Hastings illustrated by Andrew Whitson, Finding a Voice by Kim Hood and Blood Brother Swan Sister by Eithne Massey. It’s a hopeful sign for Irish language publishers – and readers! – that two of the six nominations were Irish language books, and it’s a pleasure to congratulate Caitríona, Andrew and An tSnáthaid Mhór on their entry, An tÉan Órga available here; this is a beautifully produced and captivating book, and we hope to see more like it on the shelves soon!

Although Daideo has been selling like hot cakes, never fear, it is still in stock and available for sale on our website here. For those of you who’d like to listen to it as well, read by Áine herself, the audio-book version can be downloaded free of charge by clicking here and following the links. And don’t forget that if you’d like to borrow it from your local library, ask the librarian – the more of you who ask, the more copies will be available and librarians love suggestions!




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