Life and Works
For Young People
Eilís's work was widely translated, especially into German (her translators included Annemarie and Heinrich Böll). The site now includes links to other languages, including some samples in Italian. Her most recent language (her fifteenth?) came in 2001 when Tomorrow Publishing House issued the first Chinese edition of The Lost Island.>.
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Irish Writing Pages
Eilís Dillon (1920-1994) was one
of Ireland's most distinguished writers. This website explores
her work through her novels, detective
stories and books for young people. There are
education and research resources, a biographical page,
quotations from her many reviews, and a
An attractive feature of the site
is the collection of cover designs, including many by the English artist and
writer Richard Kennedy.
CENTENARY NEWS: CONFERENCE, EXHIBITION AND MORE
A conference to mark the centenary of Eilís Dillon's birth will be held at Trinity College Dublin on 6 and 7 March 2020. Opn to the public; Admission free; Booking required; Information HERE. An exhibition on her life and work runs from 10 March at the Lexicon Library on the seafront at Dun Laoghaire. In Galway 2020 / European Capital of Culture, thre will be performances from her work on 23 and 24 April. Later in the year, she features in Galway's Great Read, based in libraries around her native county.
NEW CLASSIC BOOKS & AUDIOBOOKS:
In 2019 New York Review Books released paperbacks of The Island of Horses and The Lost Island, already included in their classic NYRB Children's Collection. The three detective novels are now available on Kindle, and have also been published as audiobooks by Tantor Media Inc. A new Russian edition of The Island of Horses is scheduled to appear in 2021.
ODDS & ENDS:
Original ratings &
credits for this resource:
Live Italian pages
German pages (under development)
Education & Research (mainly for schools)
Eilís Dillon on Goodreads
A BOOKISH FAMILY:
Irish Writers' Centre
Children's Books Ireland
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Updated 21 August 2019. Copyright material, not for commercial reproduction.