The Call Gets a New Print Run

I’ve already posted this on Twitter, so, apologies if you’ve seen it.

I have learned today that The Call is getting yet another reprint in the UK. What does that mean? It means I owe everything to my readers, to booksellers, to librarians and bloggers, who all kept it alive. It's never been a bestseller, but it's never stopped selling either.

Thanks! Go raibh maith agaibh go léir!

SweCon 2020 and me...

I am thrilled to announce that I will be one of the English Language guests of honour at Fantastika 2020, AKA, SweCon! The guest list includes wonderful writers such as Aliette de Bodard and Adrian Tchaikovsky. If anybody is thinking of taking a trip to Stockholm between March 20 and 22, I’d love to see you there.

My Schedule for WorldCon 2019

Hi folks,

I can’t wait to see some of you in Dublin for WorldCon 2019. My final schedule is below. I hope you’ll be able to join me for some of the events.

Invasion and the Irish imagination

Format: Panel

15 Aug 2019, Thursday 11:00 - 11:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)

The history and culture of Ireland have been shaped by invasion, from the mythologisation of Lebor Gabála Érenn (‘The Book of Invasions’), set down in the 11th century, to the arrival of the Normans and English in subsequent centuries. How has Irish fantastic literature engaged with this history? How is it similar to, or different from, other post-colonial fantastic literatures? And how do contemporary Irish SF writers tackle invasion and its aftermath in their work?

Jo Zebedee, Ian McDonald, Dr Jack Fennell , Ruth Frances Long (M) , Peadar Ó Guilín

Wild Cards: Wild West Trivia

Format: Event

15 Aug 2019, Thursday 14:00 - 15:30, Second Stage (Liffey-B) (CCD)

The Wild Cards superhero series encompasses anthologies, mosaic novels, and solo novels, written by over forty authors across more than thirty years. George R. R. Martin and three teams of Wild Cards authors embark on an epic Wild West Trivia contest. Who knows what will happen?

George R.R. Martin (M), Mary Anne Mohanraj (Speculative Literature Foundation / University of Illinois at Chicago), Carrie Vaughn, Paul Cornell, Charles Stross, Peadar Ó Guilín, Emma Newman

Nothing about us without us: disability in YA

Format: Panel

16 Aug 2019, Friday 10:00 - 10:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)

Every reader deserves to see themselves reflected in stories; that also holds true for disabled readers, although disabled main characters are still few and far between. What does disability look like in YA literature? How has representation changed over the last few years? Which titles are must-reads and which stories are still untold? And why is it so important to include disabled creators in the discussion?

Peadar Ó Guilín , Marieke Nijkamp (M), Day Al-Mohamed (Invalid Corps Film), Fran Wilde, Victoria Lee (Skyscape)

Kaffeeklatsch: Peadar Ó Guilín

Format: Kaffeeklatsch

16 Aug 2019, Friday 15:00 - 15:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)

Peadar Ó Guilín

YA chills and thrills: reading and discussion

Format: Workshop

17 Aug 2019, Saturday 10:00 - 10:50, Wicklow Room-5 (Workshops) (CCD)

The supernatural is often a key ingredient in YA SFF literature, but how do you use it effectively without going overboard? Lodestar Award finalist Peadar Ó Guilín will kick off the workshop with a reading of an effective supernatural short story, followed by an analysis and discussion of how to create a really creepy atmosphere in your own work.

Peadar Ó Guilín (M)

Fairies and Irish folklore in YA

Format: Panel

17 Aug 2019, Saturday 12:00 - 12:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD)

Banshees. Leprechauns. Fairy rings. We all know the Irish myths… don’t we? But do they still have power for modern readers? What do we need to understand about the fae folk? And what importance do these traditions have in modern YA stories? Our panellists will explore the influence of Irish myth, folklore, and legend in YA over the years.

Ruth Frances Long (M), Susan Connolly, Sarah Rees Brennan, Peadar Ó Guilín

Stroll with the stars: Sunday

Format: Stroll

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 09:00 - 09:50, Ground Floor Foyer (CCD)

Mary Turzillo, Peadar Ó Guilín, Mary Anne Mohanraj (Speculative Literature Foundation / University of Illinois at Chicago), Jean Bürlesk (Science Fiction & Fantasy Society Luxembourg), Scott Edelman, Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor Books)

Reading: Peadar Ó Guilín

Format: Reading

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 11:00 - 11:20, Liffey Room-3 (Readings) (CCD)

Peadar Ó Guilín

The organizer has indicated that you will/may be present at:

Hugo finalist rehearsal 1

Format: Rehearsal

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 12:00 - 12:30, Auditorium (CCD)

Ceremony rehearsal.


Please attend this important Ceremony rehearsal for Sunday night.

The Dark Side of the Moon, an interview with Ian McDonald

Format: Interview

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 13:00 - 13:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)

From a terraforming Mars to a near future India short on water (but flush with AIs), and then back to the libertarian moon, the work of Ian McDonald spins the threads of society, people, and SF into a tapestry of wonder. Peadar Ó Guilín will examine and unwind the threads, and may or may not enquire into the merits of a good gin.

Ian McDonald, Peadar Ó Guilín (M)

Gaeilgeoirí sa Spás

Format: Panel

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 17:00 - 17:50, Wicklow Room-3 (CCD)

Cén cinéal todhchaí a mbeidh ag an gcultúr Éireannach? Cé mhéad daoine a mbeidh ina gcónaí sa Spásghaeltacht? Beidh an painéal ag caint faoi eachtraí na nGael ar fud na cruinne.

(Irish speakers in space
What kind of future will there be for Irish culture? How many people will live in the Space Gaeltacht? The panel will talk about the adventures of Irish people all over the universe.)

Ms Michelle NicPhaidin (Iconic News), Dr Jack Fennell, Peadar Ó Guilín, Fionnuala Murphy (Member Services)


Comhrá oscailte agus éasca. Ní gá a lán ullmhaithe a dhéanamh.

Autographs: Monday at 12:00

Format: Autographing

19 Aug 2019, Monday 12:00 - 12:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)

Paolo Bacigalupi, Bonnie Gordon (LIBRARY BARDS), Xander Jeanneret (Library Bards), Nick Wood (University of East London), Jim Doty PhD, Peadar Ó Guilín

GRRM - The Irish Connections

Format: Talk

19 Aug 2019, Monday 14:00 - 15:30, Second Stage (Liffey-B) (CCD)

George RR Martin and Paris McBride Martin look at the connections in Ireland that the Martins have fostered, encouraged and help create, and are joined by Wild Cards writer Peadar Ó Guilín and Game of Thrones Story Board artist William Simpson, moderated by Colm Lundberg.

George R.R. Martin, Mr. Colm Lundberg (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) (M), Mr William Simpson, Peadar Ó Guilín

The Invasion is Nominated for the Lodestar Award

A pretty amazing thing happened today. My novel, The Invasion, sequel to The Call, has been nominated for the 2019 Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book.

This is not officially a Hugo Award, but it is voted on by the same electorate and presented at the same ceremony, so for me, these are my Oscars, and this is about as exciting as it gets.

I am hugely indebted to whatever wonderful people nominated my book. Thank you! And thanks too, to the Hugo Committee for all the work they do in the background to make this happen.

This is an incredible list of nominees that any writer would be proud to be part of. See below! Read them all for extra pleasure and joy!

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyami

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

The Invasion by Peadar O’Guilin

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Good luck to everybody involved!