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Orna Ní Choileáin

Orna Ní Choileáin’s family are from West Cork. She has won prizes for her creative prose, poetry, drama and theatre, and short-story writing at the Oireachtas and at other Gaelic festivals. She writes in English as well and has won the national An Post prize for her writing.

Orna also has a keen interest in Irish traditional music. She has won stage prizes at the Oireachtas (Feis Mhaitiú and Feis Cheoil) as well as the Máirtín Ó Diomsaigh winners’ distinction and the President’s Gold distinction. She has been selected to perform for Gaisce, Gradam an Uachtaráin, and for international audiences with royalty in attendance at awards ceremonies in Canada and Hong Kong at which she spoke and sang. She enjoys the storytelling quality of song and it was this that inspired her to start writing.

While the previous two generations of her family did not speak Irish, Orna is extremely proud of the opportunity she had to learn the Irish language. She has published two collections of short stories to date – Canary wharf (2009) and Sciorrann an tAm (2014). Sciorrann an tAm was shortlisted for the Book of the Year, Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin in 2014.

The fourth novel in her vampire series for children, Greim na Vaimpíre, was published in 2017. This follows the adventures of Ailfí and his friend Marius, which began in Ailfí agus an vaimpír (2012). Ailfí agus an vaimpír and its sequel, Vaimpír san áiléar (2013), were nominated for the Gradam Réics Carló in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Updated June 2017

Books for Young People

Spéirling (Cois Life, 2019)
Greim na vaimpíre
(Cois Life, 2017)
(An Gúm, 2016)
Bóthar na rós
(LeabhairCOMHAR, 2015)
I measc vaimpírí
(Cois Life, 2015)
Vaimpír san áiléar (Cois Life, 2013)
Ailfí agus an vaimpír (Cois Life, 2012)

Short Stories

Canary wharf (Cois Life, 2009)
Sciorrann an tAm (Cois Life 2014)

Books for learners of Irish

Bóthar na rós (LeabhairCOMHAR, 2015)

Orna Ní Choileáin at Cois Life

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