“It seems to me that it is perfectly possible to judge books for children by non-literary standards. It is legitimate to consider the social or moral or psychological or educational impact of a book; to consider how many children, and what kind of children, will like it. But it is dangerous to do this and call it criticism.”
— John Rowe Townsend, A Sense of Story (1971)
On kidlit criticism
Writer. Creative writing teacher. Tea-drinker. Book junkie.
Author of nine novels for young adults published by Poolbeg Press: Dear Diary... (2000), Being Her Sister (2001), Memories (2002), Stereotype (2003), Good Girls Don't (2004), Afterwards (2005), That Girl (2007), Big Picture (2008), Every Summer (2009). Website lives here.
One of the founders and directors of the Big Smoke Writing Factory, which provides creative writing courses and workshops for aspiring and developing writers in Dublin.
Takes her tea with milk, no sugar.
Fond of: children's & young adult fiction, history, feminism, gifted education, yoga, TV shows on DVD, chocolate, comedy, Twitter.
Blogging sporadically (a word which inevitably reminds her of Clueless) about: books, randomness, writing, teaching, and books again.
Once described by the Irish Times thusly: "....she comes across as Hermione Granger with a playful streak."
Often described by many people thusly: "...mildly insane."
Contact: leave a comment, or email at clairehennessy [at] gmail [dot] com.