Ríona Nic Congáil
Ríona Nic Congáil was born in Galway. She wrote her first children’s book, An Túr Solais (2004), when she was in her first year at university. She proceeded to write two other children’s books: An Leabhar Órga (2006) and Saol an Mhadra Bháin (2011).
From 2007 to 2012, she directed the Irish Language Young Writers’ Association, so as to create a support network for emerging Irish writers. She has edited two special editions of Comhar dedicated to the work of new writers: Comhar: Eagrán na Scríbhneoirí Úra (October 2009); Comhar: Eagrán na Scríbhneoirí Úra (September 2010).
She received her PhD in Modern Irish from University College Dublin in 2009. Among her academic publications are Úna Ní Fhaircheallaigh agus an Fhís Útóipeach Ghaelach (2010), Úna Ní Fhaircheallaigh, Smaointe Ar Árainn/Thoughts on Aran (ed.) (2010; 2014), Codladh Céad Bliain: Cnuasach Aistí ar Litríocht na nÓg (ed.) (2012), Laethanta Gréine & Oícheanta Sí: Aistí ar Litríocht agus ar Chultúr na nÓg (co-ed.) (2013), Litríocht na Gaeilge ar fud an Domhain: Imleabhar I agus Imleabhar II (co-ed.) (2015), The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth: Special Issue on Ireland (co-ed.) (2016), and Historical Perspectives on Parenthood and Childhood in Ireland (co-ed.) (2017). Ríona has won several national awards and academic fellowships relating to her creative writing and academic work.
Her favourite book is An Seabhac’s Jimín Mháire Thaidhg, and she feels very privileged to have been involved in publishing two new editions of the book in 2016, in partnership with Andrew Whitson and An tSnáthaid Mhór.
Caitríona Hastings is originally from Co. Tyrone but now resides in Westport, Co. Mayo, where her husband Gary is a Church of Ireland Minister. She is currently teaching Irish studies ad Folklore in The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Caitríona ‘s book Dea-Scéala won the prestigious Bisto Eilis Dillon Award. She is very interested in the Oral Tradition and the Old Stories of Ireland. She believes in the power of presenting the old stories to a new audience in a fresh innovative way.