Conor Kostick

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Conor Kostick
Conor Kostick.jpg
Born 1964
Chester, England
Occupation Writer and Historian
Citizenship Irish
Genre Fantasy, Science Fiction, Children's Literature
Notable works Epic

Conor Kostick is an historian and writer living in Dublin. He is the author of many historical, political, and cultural works.

Works[edit]

Epic was his first novel and was awarded a place on the International Board on Books for Young People Honours list for 2006[1] and on the Booklist Best Fantasy Books for Youth list for 2007.[2] The sequel to Epic is Saga, first published in Ireland late in 2006; Edda, published in 2011, completes the 'Avatar Chronicles' trilogy. At their 2009 awards, the Reading Association of Ireland gave him the Special Merit Award 'in recognition of his significant contribution to writing for children in Ireland.'[3]

Conor Kostick was a designer for the world's first live action role-playing game, Treasure Trap. He was the editor of Socialist Worker in Ireland and a reviewer for the Journal of Music in Ireland. He was twice chairperson of the Irish Writers' Union. He was awarded the Farmleigh writer's residency for the summer of 2010[4] and a place on the nominees list for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012[5] and 2013.[6]

A former winner of Manorcon (2000), one of Europe's grand prix Diplomacy events,[7] Conor Kostick was a member of the Irish team that won the World Team Diplomacy Championship in 2012.[8]

As an historian, Conor Kostick's awards include a gold medal from Trinity College, Dublin,[9] first prize in the 2001 Dublinia Medieval Essay Competition, fellowships from the Irish Research Council and the University of Nottingham, and in 2013 he was awarded a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant.[10]

Publications[edit]

Fiction[edit]

The Avatar Chronicles[edit]

  • Epic (O'Brien Press, 2004; Viking Children's Books, Spring 2007).
  • Saga (O'Brien Press, 2009).
  • Edda (O'Brien Press/Viking Children's Books, 2011).

Other books[edit]

  • The Book of Curses (O'Brien Press, 2007, Curses & Magic, 2013).
  • Move (O'Brien Press, 2008).
  • The Book of Wishes (Curses & Magic, 2013).

Non-Fiction[edit]

  • Irish Writers Against War (O'Brien Press, 2003), co-editor with Katherine Moore.
  • The Social Structure of the First Crusade (Brill, 2008).
  • Revolution in Ireland (Cork University Press, 2009 [1996]).
  • The Easter Rising, A Guide to Dublin in 1916 (Fifth Edition: O'Brien Press, 2009 [2000]), with Lorcan Collins.
  • The Siege of Jerusalem (Continuum, 2009).
  • Medieval Italy, Medieval and Early Modern Women – Essays in Honour of Christine Meek (Four Courts, 2010), editor.
  • The Crusades and the Near East: Cultural Histories (Routledge, 2010), editor.
  • Strongbow (O'Brien Press, 2013).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Honour List 2006". International Board on Books for Young People. 2006. Retrieved 9 June 2007. 
  2. ^ Mattson, Jennifer (15 May 2007). "Top 10 Fantasy Books for Youth: 2007.". Booklist Online. Retrieved 9 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Two Awards for O'Brien Press Books". O'Brien Press Blog. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Farmleigh Writer's Residency". Office of Public Works. 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012 Candidates". Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2013 Candidates". Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Manorcon results 2000". Diplom.org. 2000. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "World Diplomacy Team Championship results 2012". Stabbeurfou.org. 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bloomsbury Author Info". Bloomsbury. 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Marie Curie Career Integration Grant Aids Weather Pattern Research". The University of Nottingham. 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 

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