UEA Creative Writing Scholarship

In 2015, I set up the John Boyne Scholarship for Irish students undertaking the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. I was a student on the MA in 1994/95 – when I could barely afford to

Top 10 Young Narrators

Top Ten Young Narrators Here’s a piece I wrote for The Guardian a while back. The appeal of writing through the voice of a young narrator is one that attracts most writers from time to time even if, for the

Friendships in YA Fiction

Here’s a piece I wrote for the Guardian recently on top 10 friendships in Young Adult fiction. Rudyard Kipling – The Jungle Book (1894)   Unlikely friendships between humans and animals are staples of both children’s literature and cinema. Kipling’s

Wartime Stories

Here’s a piece I wrote for the Waterstone’s site about war fiction.   In some recent publicity material for my new young adult novel THE BOY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN, my UK publishers described me as ‘the voice

Sinéad & I

Here’s a piece I wrote about Sinéad O’Connor for The Irish Times a couple of years ago that got quite a lot of attention…   SINÉAD AND I       At last November’s Irish Book Awards, sometime between the