Words for Change Sinead Moriarty and Colm O’Regan in conversation with Oisín McGann
In Partnership with Science Foundation Ireland
Many authors are now using the power of writing to address and explore issues affecting our planet. Sinead Moriarty, author of Finding Hope (Gill Books) and Colm O’Regan, author of Climate Worrier: A Hypocrite’s Guide to Saving the Planet (HarperCollins Ireland), will be in conversation with Oisín McGann, author of A Short, Hopeful Guide to Climate Change (Little Island), as they discuss the many topical themes to today’s climate debate contained within their writing.
This event is supported by Science Foundation Ireland as part of Science Week 2023.
Sinéad Moriarty is the much-loved author of 16 adult novels, and her books have been translated into 25 languages. Sinead has won over readers and critics by telling stories that are humane, moving and relevant, and her children’s books are now inspiring a new generation of readers. The New Girl, her debut children’s fiction, won the An Post Award for Teen and Young Adult Book of the Year in 2021. The Truth About Riley was nominated the following year in the same category.
Colm O’Regan is the author of six best-selling fiction and non-fiction books including Bolloxology and The Book of Irish Mammies. As a stand-up comedian, he has performed all over the world and has featured on RTÉ’s Late Late Show. He writes a weekly column for the Irish Examiner and has written regular radio and TV diaries for RTE Radio 1’s Drivetime and BBC World Service’s In The Balance. He lives in Dublin with his family.
Oisín McGann is a best-selling and award-winning writer and illustrator.
He has produced dozens of books and short stories for all ages of reader, including twelve novels, in a range of genres. These include the Mad Grandad series, Headbomz: Wreckin’ Yer Head, and novels such as Race the Atlantic Wind, and the non-fiction book, A Short, Hopeful Guide to Climate Change. In 2014 and 2015, he was the Irish writer-in-residence for Weather Stations, an EU-funded project where writers from five different countries were tasked with finding ways to use storytelling to raise awareness of climate change. He has carried on this work through school residencies in primary and secondary schools, funded by Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools and Irish Aid’s World Wise Global Schools. He is married with three children, two dogs and a cat, and lives somewhere in the Irish countryside, in place that’s not too prone to flooding.