Celine Kiernan’s critically acclaimed work combines fantasy elements with the exploration of political, humanitarian and philosophical themes. She is best known for The Moorehawke Trilogy, a dark, complex YA fantasy trilogy set in an alternative renaissance Europe. In 2009 the first book of the Moorehawke Trilogy, The Poison Throne, won The Readers’ Association of Ireland Award for best book; it was included in the White Raven Collection and shortlisted for the 2009 Irish Book Awards in two categories. In 2010 it was long-listed for an Australian Silver Inky Award.
Celine’s fourth novel, Into the Grey – a YA ghost story set in 1970′s Ireland – won the 2012 CBI Book of the Year (formerly The Bisto award) and the CBI Children’s Choice Award. It is the first book to have won both categories. It won the RAI Book of the Year 2013, and was shortlisted for the Sakura Medal 2014. In 2013 the Irish Times named it as one of the best children’s books of the past 25 years.
Celine’s fifth novel Resonance, a Victorian gothic with Lovecraftian undertones, was released late 2015. She is currently writing a children’s fantasy trilogy, the first book of which is due for global release Autumn 2017.