Áine Ní Ghlinn is a lecturer, journalist and writer. She has a BA (Irish and English) and a HDip in Education from University College, Dublin, a Diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism, and an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University.
She has written over thirty books – including four collections of poetry and an array of books for teenagers and young people.
She spent some years as a secondary-school teacher but resigned her position to become a journalist at RTÉ and Raidió na Gaeltachta. She worked on both current affairs and magazine programmes and the two she enjoyed most of all were the arts programmes, Leabhragán and Ar an Ardán, on Raidió na Gaeltachta. She also spent some time as a freelance journalist in London and in Ireland and she was frequently heard on It Says in the Papers on RTÉ Radio and on Raidió na Gaeltachta.
She left RTÉ to spent a few years lecturing at FIONTAR in Dublin City University. However, she wanted to spend more time writing and later became a full-time writer; writing children’s books and scripts for Ros na Rún, TG4. At present, she shares her time between writing and lecturing at the Church of Ireland College of Education in Dublin and writing workshops in Irish-language secondary schools.
She has won many awards for her work. Céard tá sa bhosca? (An Gúm, 2002) won the Gradam Chlann Lir in 2003. She won the Irish-language prize at the Strokestown poetry festival in 2003, the Irish-language prize at the Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown poetry competition in 2003, as well as the Foras na Gaeilge Award at Seachtain na Scríbhneoirí in Listowel in 2002. She was awarded an Oireachtas prizes for her books Fuadach (Cois Life, 2005) Tromluí (Cois Life, 2009) and Úbalonga (An Gúm, 2009). Brionglóidí & aistir eile (Cló Mhaigh Eo, 2008) was shortlisted for the Bisto prize and she won an IBBY award in 2010. In 2012, she won an Oireachtas prize for her plays for children and her novel for teenagers, Daideo (Cois Life, 2014) was also awarded an Oireachtas prize in 2013. The same book was named Book of the Year for young people, 2014, Gradam Réics Carló. She was awarded Gradam Réics Carló again a couple of years later for her novel Hata zú Mhamó (Cois Life, 2016).
Her story ‘Boscadán’ was awarded top prize for children’s stories at Comórtais Liteartha an Oireachtais 2017, and Cois Life published the subsequent book in 2019: Boscadán. LeabhairCOMHAR published in 2018 a collection (Fadó Riamh… Ag an Tús) which brings together stories from diverse cultures representing the rich tradition of mythology surrounding the creation of the world.
Updated June 2019
An Guth Baineann (LeabhairCOMHAR, 2014)
Tostanna (Coiscéim, 2006)
Deora nár caoineadh/Unshed tears (Dedalus/Coiscéim, 1996)
An chéim bhriste (Coiscéim, 1984)
Gairdín pharthais (Coiscéim, 1988)
Boscadán (Cois Life, 2016)
Hata zú Mhamó (Cois Life, 2016)
Daideo (Cois Life, 2014)
Thar an trasnán (O’Brien Press, 2011)
Bronntanais agus féiríní (Cló Mhaigh Eo, 2010)
Úbalonga (An Gúm, 2009)
Tromluí (Cois Life, 2009)
Brionglóidí agus aistir eile (Cló Mhaigh Eo, 2008)
Madra meabhrach (Cois Life, 2007)
Éasca péasca (O’Brien Press, 2007)
An múinteoir nua (Séideán Sí, 2007)
Fuadach (Cois Life, 2005)
Lámhainní glasa (O’Brien Press, 2004)
Cuairteoir (Cois Life, 2004)
Glantachán earraigh (An Gúm 2003)
Moncaí dána (O’Brien Press, 2002)
Céard tá sa bhosca? (An Gúm 2002)
Daifní dineasár (O’Brien Press, 2001)
An leaba sciathánach (An Gúm, 2001)
Daoine agus déithe (An Gúm, 1996)
Mná as an ngnáth (An Gúm, 1990)
Duanaire na camóige: dánta le daltaí ó Rang 4,5,6, Gaelscoil na Camóige (Coiscéim, 2006)
Duanaire naithí: dánta le daltaí ó Rang 4,5,6, Scoil Naithí (Coiscéim, 2005)