Ré Ó Laighléis

Ré Ó Laighléis

Ré Ó Laighléis is a writer of children’s, teenage and adult fiction in English and Irish. His novels and short stories have been widely translated into various languages and he has been the recipient of many literary awards, including Bisto Book of the Year awards, Oireachtas awards, the North American NAMLLA Award and a European White Ravens Award. In 1998, he was presented with the ‘An Peann faoi Bhláth’ award by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, in recognition of his contribution to Irish literature. More recently, his and his co-writer, Susan Edwards’ work, An Phleist Mhór, was adjudged the Oireachtas ‘2008 Book of the Year for Younger Readers’ and was awarded the ‘2008 Réics Carló Literary Award’. An Phleist Mhór was also shortlisted for the 2009 Bisto Book of the Year Awards.

In recent years, Ré and AnnMarie McCarthy have collaborated in creating the ‘Fungie’ series, for which Ré has writes the bilingual texts, while AnnMarie creates the illustrations. To date, the series includes ‘Fungie’ (2010), ‘Fungie le DVD’ (2011), ‘Fungie & Mara’ (2011) and ‘Fungie & An Tine Mhór’ (2012). While continuing the ‘Fungie’ series, they are also developing another new series for younger readers.

Ré is a former Writer-in-Residence at the National University of Ireland, Galway and had previously held the same post with Mayo County Council. He enjoys great demand for readings, workshops and training courses for writers throughout Ireland, Britain, Europe and North America. In Ireland, he is a frequent visitor to schools under the Poetry Ireland ‘Writers in Schools Scheme’. He has conducted training for writers under the Foras na Gaeilge ‘Scéim na nOidí’ mentoring scheme. In recent years, he also conducts courses for aspiring writers under the auspices of An Scríobhlann, the MÓINÍN training facility in Ballyvaughan.

Amongst his many acclaimed works are such novels as the MÓINÍN-published Hooked, Terror on the Burren, The Great Book of the Shapers, Battle for the Burren, ‘Osama, Obama, Ó, a Mhama!’ et al. His best known collections include the multi-translated Ecstasy and other stories, Heart of Burren Stone, Goimh agus scéalta eile, Bolgchaint agus scéalta eile, Punk and many others. His work enjoys publication by ten different publishers here in Ireland and beyond.

A Dubliner by birth, he was reared in Sallynoggin in the south of the county. His postgraduate work in Education of Reading was conducted in Boston College and he is a registered Consultant Reading Specialist with the Massachussets State Board of Education. He has lived in the Burren, Co. Clare since leaving teaching in 1992.

Ré Ó Laighléis is available to visit schools under Poetry Ireland’s Writer in Schools Scheme or privately, as delineated on a separate page of this website >>>