Arthur Quinn: The Card Game

The Arthur Quinn website will be rebooted in the next couple of months in the lead-up to Hell’s Keeper. And when it is, you’ll be able to download this Trumps-style card game to print and play. These aren’t all the cards but here’s a sneak peek anyway!


World Book Day 2013

World Book Day is just around the corner (Thurs 7 March, in fact) and I’ll be touring a few bookshops that week. I had a fantastic time last year and can’t wait for it this time.

The details are of where I am all week are below. Hope I see you somewhere and if not I hope you have a wonderful World Book Day [week]!


Monday – Dubray Dun Laoghaire

Tuesday – Dubray Galway

Wednesday – Eason O’Connell St

Thursday – Eason Blanchardstown

Saturday – Waterstones Drogheda

And the winner is…

Orla Doyle!

She will have a new character named after in Arthur Quinn and Hell’s Keeper. More information about the competition here

And you can watch me revealing the winner below


Arthur needs YOU


How would you like to have a character named after you in the final Arthur Quinn book?

Well you can! The competition opens Monday (10th December) and closes the following Friday morning (14th). All the details of how to enter are above and Alan will reveal the winner on Elev8 on the 14th.

Remember, the competition is only open from the 10th to the 14th so get your entries in straight away!

CBF Round-up



Believe it or not, I’m still here.


I was really busy all of October between finishing a draft of Arthur Quinn 3 (more on that in the next couple weeks!) and the Childrens Book Festival. You can read more about some of my CBF fun here. But I just wanted to write a quick message to thank every single librarian, staff member, teacher, bookseller and reader who came along to hear me prattle about my books. THANK YOU!!

Ellie & Ex

Three weeks into CBF2012 which means three weeks of visits which means three weeks of readers telling me what they thought of the new book.

And I’m delighted to say that many of the questions surround Ellie & Ex, the newest additions to Arthur’s world. Both boys and girls seem equally interested in the pair and a couple have even said that they want to read more about the Lavender siblings!

I’m really thrilled with the reaction to them. From the moment they appeared in my mind, I thought (and hoped!) that people would like them.

So have you read Arthur Quinn and the Fenris Wolf? And if so, what do you think of Ellie & Ex Lavender?


Arthur Quinn 3

When I’m not visiting schools/libraries/bookshops for CBF2012, I’m working on some re-writes for Arthur Quinn 3. I’ve just completed a really big (and really fun) scene today. I won’t say much about it but I will say that the things that Arthur has to face in this book is unlike anything he’s done before.

Children’s Book Festival 2012

As I type these words, I’m on a train to Ennis. (I’m working on an Android tablet connected to a fiddly little keyboard that’s smaller than my hand and I have to slam each key to get the character up on the screen.) Anyway… I’m right in the middle of the glorious insanity that is Children’s Book Festival. Last week, I met ten different classes alone – in South Dublin Libraries, Meath County Libraries and my local bookshop, Dubray Rathmines. Over the next few days, I’ll be visiting Clare Libraries and, as the month progresses, I’ll be in various locations in Dublin, Cork, Longford and more. And all the while I’m working on Arthur Quinn 3 re-writes. I’d be lying if I said October isn’t tiring. But I’d also be lying if I said it isn’t LOADS of fun. Hopefully I’ll see you as part of CBF! If not, check out for full listings.