Oisin McGann

Oisin McGann Oisin McGann

Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín McGann spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He studied art at Ballyfermot Senior College and Dún Laoghaire School of Art and Design, and went on to work in illustration, design and film animation. He moved to London in 1998, where he eventually found work as an art director and copy writer for an advertising agency.

After three and a half years of advertising, he began to fear for his immortal soul. He returned to Ireland in the summer of 2002 much as he had left … with no job, no home and some meagre savings.

He now lives in Kells and works as an author, freelance illustrator and artist.

You can check out Oisín’s own website at

Here is a list of Oisin’s books:

O’Brien Press

Books for 5+:

  • The Baby Giant (due out Spring 2009)

Books for 6+:

  • Mad Grandad’s Flying Saucer – 2003
  • Mad Grandad’s Robot Garden – 2003
  • Mad Grandad And The Mutant River – 2005
  • Mad Grandad And The Kleptoes – 2005
  • Mad Grandad’s Wicked Pictures – 2007

Books for 8+:

  • The Evil Hairdo – 2006
  • The Poison Factory – 2006
  • Wired Teeth – 2008


  • The Gods And Their Machines – 2004
  • The Harvest Tide Project – 2004
  • Under Fragile Stone – 2005

Random House

  • Small-Minded Giants – 2006
  • Ancient Appetites – 2007
  • Strangled Silence – 2008

Barrington Stoke

  • The Goblin of Tara – 2007

Awards and Recognition

In 2008, Small-Minded Giants was shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Awards, which are open to any book, rather than just those published in the relevant year.

In 2007, Ancient Appetites was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

In May 2007, Small-Minded Giants was recommended by the Education Secretary, Alan Johnson and the School Library Association in the UK on a one-off list of Top 160 Books For Boys (No. 44).

In 2006, Under Fragile Stone was shortlisted for the Bisto Book of the Year Award.

In 2006, The Gods And Their Machines, published by Tor in the United States, was shortlisted for Locus Magazine’s Best First Novel Award.

In 2005, The Gods and Their Machines and The Harvest Tide Project were both shortlisted for the Reading Association of Ireland Award, the first time an author has had two books on the same shortlist for this award.

In 2005, The Gods and Their Machines won a Bisto Book of the Year Merit Award.

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.