Conor Kostick

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Conor Kostick
Kostick in 2007
Kostick in 2007
BornConor Kostick
(1964-06-26) 26 June 1964 (age 57)
Chester, Cheshire, England
OccupationWriter, historian
GenreFantasy, science fiction, LitRPG, children's literature
Notable worksEpic

Conor Kostick (born 26 June 1964) is an Irish historian and writer living in Dublin. He is the author of many works of history and fiction.


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 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] In 2015, Conor Kostick became Chairperson of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and was President of the Irish Jury for the EU Prize for Literature,[7] and in that year too he was appointed to the Board of the National Library of Ireland.[8] In 2018, the Kerala Literature Festival, India, chose to showcase Irish literature and Conor Kostick was one of seven Irish writers invited to participate.[9] In August that year, he was recruited by the UK's Ockham Publishing to lead a new imprint, Level Up publishing, with a remit to publish LitRPG.[10] In 2019, Conor Kostick again was president of the Irish Jury of the EU Prize for Literature.[11]

As an historian, Conor Kostick's awards include a gold medal from Trinity College, Dublin,[12] first prize in the 2001 Dublinia Medieval Essay Competition; fellowships from the Irish Research Council and the University of Nottingham; a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant;[13] and, in 2015, the British Academy's Rising Star Engagement Award.[14]

He is the brother of the playwright Gavin Kostick[15] and a member of Independent Left.[16]


Conor Kostick was a designer for the world's first live action role-playing game, Treasure Trap.

A former winner of Manorcon (2000), now one of Europe's grand prix Diplomacy events,[17] Conor Kostick was a member of the Irish team that won the Diplomacy National World Cup in 2012.[18]



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).

Eternal Voyager (mini-ebooks)[edit]

  • Kudos (Curses & Magic, 2015).
  • Aliens (Curses & Magic, 2015).
  • Revenge Upon the Vampyres (Curses & Magic, 2015).
  • Dancers Beyond the Whorl of Time (Curses & Magic, 2015).
  • The Siege of Mettleburg (Curses & Magic, 2015).
  • The Murder Mystery (Curses & Magic, 2015).

Other books of fiction[edit]

  • The Book of Curses (O'Brien Press, 2007, Curses & Magic, 2013).
  • Move (O'Brien Press, 2008).
  • The Book of Wishes (Curses & Magic, 2013).
  • The Dragon's Revenge (Level Up, 2019).
  • The Retreat (Red Stag, 2020).


On games[edit]

  • The Art of Correspondence in the Game of Diplomacy (Curses & Magic, 2015).
  • Inclusive Yard Games: With Rule Changes for Visually Impaired Players (Curses & Magic, 2020), co-author with Maya Kostick.

Other non-fiction books[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).
  • Michael O'Hanrahan (O'Brien Press, 2015).
  • Making the Medieval Relevant (De Gruyter, 2019), co-editor.[19]


  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. ^ "EU Prize for Literature national juries". EU Prize for Literature. 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  8. ^ "National Library of Ireland Board 2015". National Library of Ireland. 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Kerala Literature Festival from February 8". The Hindu. 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Author to Commissioning Editor: Conor Kostick at Level Up Publishing". 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  11. ^ "EU Prize for Literature national juries". EU Prize for Literature. 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Bloomsbury Author Info". Bloomsbury. 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Marie Curie Career Integration Grant Aids Weather Pattern Research". The University of Nottingham. 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  14. ^ "British Academy award for Conor Kostick". The University of Nottingham. 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  15. ^ Kostick, Conor (2008). The Social Structure of the First Crusade. Leiden: Brill. p. ix.
  16. ^ "Features by Conor Kostick". Independent Left. 2020. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  17. ^ "Manorcon results 2000". Diplomatic Pouch. 2000. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  18. ^ "World Diplomacy Team Championship results 2012". 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  19. ^ Kostick, Conor (2019). Making the Medieval Relevant. Berlin: De Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-054631-6.

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