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Oisin Mcgann was born in Dublin in 1973, Oisin spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He started writing and illustrating stories in copybooks when he was about six or seven, setting himself on a path that would steer him well clear of ever obtaining a proper job.
Despite his writing habit, he spent most of school convinced he was going to become a zoologist, an aspiration he lost after taking his first art exam in third year of secondary school. Unable to conceive of a way to make a living from writing fiction, he decided to fund his dreams of being an author by working as an illustrator. He signed up for a design and print foundation course in Ballyfermot Senior College, Dublin, in 1990 and then studied animation at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design.
In 1992 he dropped out of college to set himself up as a freelance illustrator/artist, serving the publishing and design industries. In 1997, he took up a position as Background Layout Designer for Fred Wolf films, working on the animated series of Zorro. After completing his contract, he decided to expand his horizons and left for London in February 1998 to seek his fortune. He found gainful employment as a security guard, watching over trains and then hospitals.
In January 1999, he joined a small advertising and design consultancy as art director and soon expanded into copy writing. After three and a half years of working in advertising he became increasingly concerned for his immortal soul. He returned to Ireland much as he had left - with no job, no home and some meagre savings. Ever the optimist, he now works once more as a freelance illustrator and mercenary artist by day and escapist writer by night. He hopes one day to have a decent job, with a pension, a health plan and paid annual holidays.
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. This incredibly dyslexia friendly action-packed retelling of an Irish myth will have wide appeal. Balor has a terrifying eye of destruction that incinerates all in his path and when he discovers one of his 3 grandchildren is out to kill him he throws them all in the sea. One, Lug, survives and vows to exact revenge, but how, against the lethal weapon that is his grandfather’s eye. A seriously gripping but short novel. The author is a well-established novelist and his books have been widely acclaimed. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
Eagerly awaited new book from Oisin McGann. When Nate's Wildensternâ€™s eldest brother dies he is forced to take on a situation he was trying to ignore, this gets complicated when ancient members of his own family slowly, very slowly come back to life and bring with them a rougher time. Ancient Appetites has a wonderfully inventive and fabulously exciting storyline that manages to blend history with fantasy in way similar to Philip Pullmanâ€™s â€˜His Dark Materialsâ€™ trilogy. Oisin McGann is clearly a writer at the height of his powers.
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