5 Irish YA Writers You Ought to Try


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Originally a religious observance honoring the eponymous 5th century Romano-British slave turned evangelist to Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has become a celebration of all things Irish in the United States. We’re all about books here at Unbound worlds, and while there are plenty of Irish authors in the past you might want to consider — Bram Stoker, Sheridan Le Fanu — we’d like to direct your attention to several native-born Irish scribes living and working today.


Sarah Rees Brennan
Irish writer Sarah Rees Brennan is the author of The Lynburn Legacy trilogy: a tale of gothic romance, the supernatural, and a sinister mystery. Book one, Unspoken, introduces Kami Glass, an outsider in a small English town whose best friend is a mysterious boy whose voice she has heard inside her head since childhood. Admittedly, it’s strange, but she has come to live with it, and sometimes even uses it to her advantage. Now it seems that the town has fallen into the grip of darkness, and the voice may have a connection to it. What will she do?

Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer, a native of Wexford, is best known for the Artemis Fowl series. Artemis is a 12 year-old criminal mastermind and millionaire whose various schemes often force him to cross paths with fairies and other mysterious folk who would do him harm. It all started when Artemis tried to blackmail one of the magical beings into giving up its gold. Putting an end to all of the magical mischief seems to be easier said than done.


Celine Kiernan
Celine Kiernan is a native of Dublin. She’s the author of the ghost story Into the Grey. After losing their home to a fire, two brothers and their family are forced to move into their vacation beach cottage, a miserable place now that it is autumn. The boys soon discover that the old place is haunted by the ghost of a child who cries black tears. Can they help to put the spirit to rest?


Darren Shan
Darren Shan is the pen name of Darren O’Shaughnessy, author of the Cirque du Freak series. He was born in London, but is actually an Irishman. In this series, a young man is drawn into a traveling freak show where he is apprenticed to a real vampire. Several sequels explore Shan’s frightening but oddly welcoming nocturnal world.



Michael Scott
Dublin native Michael Scott is the author of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: a series of novels about two young people caught in the middle of a secret battle between powerful, undying occultist. The stakes are high: Should the plans of their enemies come to fruition, the Dark Elders will return to destroy the Earth.