“I love reading because I love stories. Reading a book is like entering into a focused daydream, where anything can happen. And even though it’s a way of escaping the world, which is sometimes a miserable place, it’s also a way of understanding it and finding the good in it.”
Claire Hennessy is the author of nine novels for young adults, most recently Big Picture (Poolbeg, 2008) and Every Summer (Poolbeg, 2009). Her love of books led her to recently completing a MPhil in Popular Literature. She regularly teaches creative writing workshops in Dublin and for festivals throughout the country, and is currently working on her next book for young adults.
Favourite books: Matilda by Roald Dahl, Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton, The Babysitters Club by Ann M Martin, Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes, Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon, Hood by Emma Donoghue, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy, Election by Tom Perrotta