Conor Kostick

Conor Kostick

Kostick in 2007
Born Conor Kostick
(1964-06-26) 26 June 1964
Chester, Cheshire, England
Occupation Writer, historian
Citizenship Irish
Genre Fantasy, science fiction, children's literature
Notable works Epic

Conor Kostick (born 26 June 1964) is an Irish historian and writer living in Dublin. He is the author of many historical, political, and cultural works.


Epic was his first novel and was awarded a place on the International Board on Books for Young People Honours list for 2006[1] and on the Booklist Best Fantasy Books for Youth list for 2007.[2] The sequel to Epic is Saga, first published in Ireland late in 2006; Edda, published in 2011, completes the 'Avatar Chronicles' trilogy. At their 2009 awards, the Reading Association of Ireland gave him the Special Merit Award 'in recognition of his significant contribution to writing for children in Ireland.'[3]

Conor Kostick was the editor of Socialist Worker in Ireland and a reviewer for the Journal of Music in Ireland. He was twice chairperson of the Irish Writers' Union. He was awarded the Farmleigh writer's residency for the summer of 2010[4] and a place on the nominees list for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012[5] and 2013.[6] In 2015, Conor Kostick became Chairperson of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and was President of the Irish Jury for the EU Prize for Literature,[7] and in that year too he was appointed to the Board of the National Library of Ireland.[8]

As an historian, Conor Kostick's awards include a gold medal from Trinity College, Dublin,[9] first prize in the 2001 Dublinia Medieval Essay Competition; fellowships from the Irish Research Council and the University of Nottingham; a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant;[10] and, in 2015, the British Academy's Rising Star Engagement Award.[11]


Conor Kostick was a designer for the world's first live action role-playing game, Treasure Trap.

A former winner of Manorcon (2000), now one of Europe's grand prix Diplomacy events,[12] Conor Kostick was a member of the Irish team that won the Diplomacy National World Cup in 2012.[13]



The Avatar Chronicles

Eternal Voyager (mini-ebooks)

Other books of fiction


On games

Other non-fiction books


  1. "Honour List 2006". International Board on Books for Young People. 2006. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  2. Mattson, Jennifer (15 May 2007). "Top 10 Fantasy Books for Youth: 2007.". Booklist Online. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  3. "Two Awards for O'Brien Press Books". O'Brien Press Blog. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  4. "Farmleigh Writer's Residency". Office of Public Works. 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  5. "Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012 Candidates". Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  6. "Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2013 Candidates". Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  7. "EU Prize for Literature national juries". EU Prize for Literature. 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  8. "National Library of Ireland Board 2015". National Library of Ireland. 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  9. "Bloomsbury Author Info". Bloomsbury. 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  10. "Marie Curie Career Integration Grant Aids Weather Pattern Research". The University of Nottingham. 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  11. "British Academy award for Conor Kostick". The University of Nottingham. 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  12. "Manorcon results 2000". 2000. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  13. "World Diplomacy Team Championship results 2012". 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012.

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