Caroline Busher graduated with a First Class Honours MA in Creative Writing from UCD. She is the  Irish Times best-selling author of “The Ghosts of Magnificent Children,”  “The Girl Who Ate The Stars”  and “Votes for Women” The Irish Women’s Suffrage Movement (Poolbeg Press)  she is represented by Trace Literary Agency- USA. 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.

Her latest book “The Legend of Valentine Sorrow”  is out now and Caroline is over the moon as “The Legend of Valentine Sorrow” was shortlisted as the Teen and YA Book Of The Year at the Irish Book Awards and Caroline has just signed another three book deal. She is currently working on her fourth novel and can’t wait for you all to read it! 

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.”

Her highly anticipated second novel “The Girl Who Ate The Stars” was published by Poolbeg Press in March 2018 and has received much critical acclaim. 

If you would  like to book a place on Caroline Busher’s One Day Creative Writing Retreat for adults in The Riverside Park Hotel Enniscorthy on Saturday 23rd July 2022 see the link below. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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/ 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.

7 thoughts on “Biography

  1. 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

  2. Hi Caroline
    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

  3. 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,
    Monica Walsh.

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