Caroline Busher graduated with a First Class Honours MA in Creative Writing from UCD. She is the Irish Times best-selling and book award nominated author of “The Ghosts of Magnificent Children,” “The Girl Who Ate The Stars”, “The Legend of Valentine Sorrow”, “The Spectacular Library of Magical Things” and The Irish Women’s Suffrage Movement (Poolbeg Press). Caroline has experience as a broadcaster on national TV and radio and she is a book reviewer on Ireland AM, Ireland’s morning breakfast show.
“The Legend of Valentine Sorrow” by Caroline Busher was shortlisted as the Teen and YA Book Of The Year at the Irish Book Awards. Following on from this success Caroline signed another three book deal. Her highly anticipated fourth novel, The Spectacular Library of Magical Things was released in October 2022.
Roddy Doyle describes The Legend of Valentine Sorrow as “Gripping, vivid and very, very entertaining.”
Eoin Colfer describes Caroline as “A star of fantasy fiction.”
Caroline’s latest book “The Spectacular Library of Magical Things” is out now!
Caroline worked as “Reader in Residence” with Wexford Public Library Services for a number of years. She is a writer in residence in a primary school setting and is a heritage expert with The Heritage Council of Ireland. Caroline is also a writer on the Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools Scheme and she is an Arts in Education Practitioner on the Teacher Artist Partnership and the BLAST programme, which are government initiatives to raise Arts Education in Ireland.
Caroline has held the position of Programme Manager and curator of Wexford Literary Festival and The Festival Manager of “Towers and Tales” International Storytelling Festival. She visits primary and secondary schools throughout Ireland and she also delivers workshops in libraries. Caroline has appeared at some of the best literary festivals in the country. Caroline regularly facilities creative writing classes and works as a creativity coach and mentor, helping creative people to live their dream creative life.
Caroline grew up in a Victorian House in the North West of England. As an only child Caroline spent her days reading books and writing fantastical stories.
When Caroline got older she moved to the South East of Ireland and strongly believes that it is the most magical place on earth.
Her house is nestled beneath the Blackstairs Mountains. But be warned if you ever go there you must tread carefully. The mountains resemble sleeping giants and legend has it that the giants might wake up someday. If you ever find yourself in this predicament, please do not fear as you are close to the oldest lighthouse in the world and a medieval castle so there are plenty of places to hide.
Achievements include –
First Class Honours MA in Creative Writing- 2015.
Recipient of a Literature Award from Wexford County Council and Artlinks- 2016, 2018, and 2020.
Shortlisted for the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Award – 2015.
Highly Commended in the Cross Pens/Writing.ie Short Story Competition- 2015.
Longlisted for the Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition- 2015.
Recipient of a Literature Award from Wexford County Council and Artlinks – 2014.
Published by O’Brien Press as part of the RTE 100 words/100 writers competition -2014.
Shortlisted for Bord Gais Energy Book Club/TV3 Short Story Award – 2013.
Poetry chosen to accompany the state art collection – 2013.
9 thoughts on “Biography”
Hey Caroline, how are you? I met you at the RTE/Penguin workshop on Friday…Be great to keep in touch. Will leave my email below. Michele
Hi Michele, It is great to hear from you. I really enjoyed meeting you last week. I hope that you arrived back home safely. Thanks for your e-mail address, it would be great to keep in touch. Caroline x
Gorey Writers are having a poetry night on Thursday 25th February 2016 at 7.15pm. Mabe you will get to come along.with some friends
Hi Bernie, Yes I would be delighted to attend your poetry evening thanks, Caroline.
Enjoy your evening tomorrow!
Had a lovely evening at the New Ross Library workshop writers evening.
You were great, and gave very useful tips.
It was lovely to see and meet an author so enthusiastic about writing and genuine about your interest in others whose feet are still at the starting block.
Look forward to attending another group writer’s workshop in the near future.
Thank you so much Monica. It is lovely to get such great feedback. I am delighted that you enjoyed it and wish you all the very best with your writing. Thanks, Caroline.
Thank you for a most thrilling and spectacular introduction to your latest book ‘The Spectacular Library of Magical Things’. The children were enthralled. Equally captivating was the talk at the book launch in the Wexford Book Centre on November 1st.
Míle buíochas arís,
Thank you so much Rita. That is wonderful to hear. I really appreciate you coming along and for all your support. Happy reading 😊