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Deirdre Sullivan

Deirdre Sullivan is a writer from Galway. Her first book, Prim Improper, was released in 2010, and followed by two more books, Improper Order and Primperfect, which was the first YA novel to be shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature.

Needlework, Deirdre's fourth novel for young adults, was launched by Margaret Martin, the director of Women's Aid in 2015, and went on to be awarded a White Raven and the CBI Honour Award for fiction.

Deirdre's most recent book, Tangleweed and Brine is a collection of dark fairy-tale retellings that focuses on the internal lives of women. It won an Irish Book Award for Best Young Adult Book of The Year 2017 and an Irish Times Ticket Readers Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction 2017. Also, Jack Zipes said some lovely things about it, which made Deirdre the kind of happy that involves mild crying. 

Deirdre's most recent novel, Perfectly Preventable Deaths, published in June 2019.

Deirdre loves reading, knitting, bodily autonomy and guinea-pigs. She is thinking about getting a cat.

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