Gillian Perdue worked as a primary school teacher for many years and this experience both informs and inspires many of her stories for children. Her first novel, Adam’s Starling, won the Eilis Dillon Memorial Award for that year (2002), and was described by the Irish Times as ‘an impressive debut – genuinely moving’ - while the Evening Herald wrote that it ‘belongs on the shelf of any home with school-going children.’

It was followed by the publication of her Conor Stories in the O’Brien Press Panda Series for younger children - Conor’s Cowboy Suit, (Panda 23), Conor’s Concert, (Panda 25) and Conor’s Canvas, (Panda 35). The character of Conor proved hugely popular with children – his determination to do his own thing and remain true to himself, despite the risk of ridicule and failure, renders him both endearing and inspirational. Gillian is also a dance teacher (Ballet and Jazz) and she brings this expertise to all her school and library visits, combining them with dance and drama workshops.


Gillian loves to bring her characters and stories into schools, libraries and book festivals. She encourages even the youngest or most reluctant children to engage with the characters and get involved in the action! *NOT CURRENTLY DOING ANY VISITS DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS


Gillian lives in Dublin with a charming, helpful husband and a porky little dog Kevin who is always begging for treats and asking to be mentioned in stories.


Welcome to my page and thank you for your interest.

If you would like to write to me, or if you would like to arrange a school or library visit, please contact me on or through O'Brien Press Facebook or through the Writers in Schools Programme run by Poetry Ireland / +353 1 679022