The July theme for Six for Sunday, hosted by A Little But a Lot, is Summer Reads and today’s prompt is for: Books and the Seaside. When I was growing up, I used to love going to the seaside in County Donegal and County Antrim, both geographically in the north of Ireland, but in different countries! I remember how stunning the coastline was and still love going home to visit. With this in mind, I’ve decided to go back to the country of my birth and base my SixforSunday on Irish writers whose work I love. I’ve been wanting to do a post on Irish writers I admire for a while, and this seems like a perfect opportunity.
1. Sinead O’Hart has written two fantastic stories: The Eye of the North, steeped in mythology, and The Star-Spun Web with a sci-fi twist. I really hope she does a sequel for each of these!
2. Celine Kiernan is the writer of The Wild Magic Trilogy. I read the first two books, Begone the Raggedy Witches and The Little Grey Girl over the course of a weekend and am waiting ever so patiently for the final book.
3. Catherine Doyle has written two books in the Stormkeeper series: The Stormkeeper’s Island and The Lost Tide Warriors, which are both set on the magical island of Arranmore which is inspired by her real-life ancestral home of Arranmore Island in County Donegal, my home County! The third book is one of my most anticipated releases for 2020.
4. Padraig Kenny has written Tin and Pog. Tin is still on my TBR, but I loved Pog and the exploration of real grief contained within a fantasy setting.
5. Oscar Wilde. His Stories for Children, including The Selfish Giant, The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose are timeless classics, and are still capable of making me cry, and smile, every time I read them.
6. C S Lewis who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, all of which I loved reading growing up, especially The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which I’ve re-read a few times.