Current Laureate

Sarah Crossan lived in Dublin until she was six-years-old when her family emigrated to the UK. After studying at The University of Warwick and The University of Cambridge, she worked as an English teacher for ten years, in both England and the United States, before becoming a full-time writer in 2012.

Sarah’s novels The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain were shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CBI Book of the Year Award. In 2016, Sarah’s verse novel One won the CILIP Carnegie Medal and CBI Book of the Year Award as well as The Bookseller YA Book Prize, the CLiPPA Poetry Award, and many other awards. In 2017 the Dutch translation of One, Een, won the Dioraphte Literature Prize and the German translation, Eins, received a double-shortlisting for the prestigious Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. In 2017 Sarah published We Come Apart, her first collaboration with Costa Children’s Book Award winner Brian Conaghan, which was also shortlisted for several awards. Sarah’s latest novel for teenagers, Moonrise, has been shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, the CBI Book of the Year Award, The Bookseller YA Book Prize and the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards DEPT51@Eason Teen/Young Adult Book of the Year 2017. Sarah was chosen to represent Ireland at the International Children’s Literature Hay Festival 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark. Her short stories and poems have been included in several collections including Amnesty International’s Here I Stand. Sarah is also the author of the dystopian novels Breathe and Resist. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and her debut, The Weight of Water, has been adapted for the stage four times.

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