Monday 27 May 2019

New book from award-winning Meg

Meg Grehan
Meg Grehan

Margaret Roddy

The award-winning author Meg Grehan has written a new book for young readers which will be published by Little Island Books on May 9.

Meg, who is originally from Dundalk but now living in Donegal, won the Eilis Dillon award for a first children's book from Children's Books Ireland in 2018 for her first novel, The Space Between.

Although she always loved writing and English was her favourite subject when she was a pupil at St Louis Secondary School, Meg never considered writing as a career and instead went onto study technical theatre stagecraft at Inchicore College of Further Education and worked as a stage technician and manager with different theatre groups in Dublin and around the country.

She began writing at a time when she was suffering from anxiety and found it difficult to leave the house, detailing her experiences in her debut book 'The Space Between Us'.

Written in verse, the book explores mental health issues as it tells the story of two young woman who fall in love.

It was highly acclaimed and led to her being asked to write and talk about her writing as well as mental health issues in contemporary Irish society.

Her new book 'The Deepest Breath' also explores what it's like for young gay people growing up in Ireland.

It tells the story of Stevie who is eleven and loves reading and sea- creatures. Stevie lives with her mum, and she's been best friends with Andrew since forever. Stevie's mum teases her that someday they'll get married, but Stevie knows that won't ever happen.

There's a girl at school that she likes more. A lot more. Actually, she's a bit confused about how much she likes her.

Stevie needs to find out if girls can like girls- love them, even - but it's hard to get any information, and she's too shy to ask out loud about it. But maybe she can find an answer in a book.

With the help of a librarian, Stevie finds stories of girls loving girls, and builds up her courage to share the truth with her mum.

'The Deepest Breath' has already earned praise, being described as 'Incredibly artful, incredibly tender' by author Deirdre Sullivan.

The Argus