Celine Kiernan is an award-winning author of fantasy novels for young adults. Her critically acclaimed work combines fantasy elements with the exploration of political, humanitarian, and philosophical themes. She is best known for the Moorehawke Trilogy, a dark, complex trilogy of fantasy YA books set in an alternative Renaissance Europe. First published in Celine’s native Ireland in 2008, the trilogy has since been published in fifteen different territories and translated into ten languages. In 2009 the first book of the trilogy, The Poison Throne, won the Reading Association of Ireland Children’s Book Award, was included in the White Raven Collection, and was short-listed for the 2009 Irish Book Awards in two categories (Best Newcomer and Best Children’s Book). In 2010 it was long-listed for an Australian Silver Inky Award.
Celine’s fourth novel, Into the Grey (published in Australia under the title Taken Away), a YA ghost story set in 1970s Ireland, won the 2012 Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year and the Children’s Books Ireland Children’s Choice Award. It is the first book to have won both categories. It won the Reading Association of Ireland Chidren’s Book Award in 2013 and was nominated for the Sakura Medal in 2014. In 2013 the Irish Times named it as one of the best children’s books of the past twenty-five years.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1967, Celine has spent the majority of her working life in the film business. Her career as a classical feature character animator spanned more than seventeen years before she became a full-time writer.