Conor Kostick
Conor Kostick lives in Dublin where he teaches medieval history at Trinity College
Trinity College, Dublin
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. He is the author of many historical, political and cultural articles. Epic was his first novel and was awarded a place on the International Board on Books for Young People
International Board on Books for Young People
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 Honours list for 2006 and on the Booklist
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 Best Fantasy Books for Youth list for 2007. 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.'

Conor Kostick was a designer for the world's first live action role-playing game
Live action role-playing game
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, Treasure Trap
Treasure Trap
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. 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
Irish Writers’ Union
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. He was awarded the Farmleigh
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 writer's residency for the summer of 2010 and a place on the nominees list for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012.


  • Epic (novel) (O'Brien Press, 2004; Viking Children's Books, Spring 2007).
  • Saga (O'Brien Press, 2006).
  • The Book of Curses (O'Brien Press, 2007).
  • Move (O'Brien Press, 2008).
  • Edda (O'Brien Press/Viking Children's Books, 2011).


  • 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.

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