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Anna Heussaff

Anna Heussaff

Anna Heussaff has had seven novels in Irish published to date. Three are crime novels for adults, Bás Tobann (Cois Life, 2004), Buille Marfach (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2010) and Scáil an Phríosúin (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2015), featuring the same detective characters; the first two are set in Beara on the Atlantic coast of Ireland and the third in the historic Kilmainham area of Dublin. Her adventure series for young readers aged 10 – 14 years of age comprises Vortex (Cois Life, 2006), Hóng (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2012) and Sárú (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2017), all featuring a computer game mystery linked to real-life dangers as well as environmental and other issues affecting young people. Her novel Cúpla Focal (Cois Life, 2007) is a contemporary love story for adult Irish-language learners.

She was awarded a major Comórtais an Oireachtais prize for most of her novels; and in 2013 Hóng received the Judges Special Award in the Children’s Books Ireland awards, formerly known as the Bistos.

In 2014 her first novel in English was published, Deadly Intent (Severn House, London), under her pseudonym Anna Sweeney. It is an adaptation of her crime novel Buille Marfach. In 2010 and 2011, Futa Fata, in association with Dorling Kindersley, published three non-fiction books translated by her from English, Seo í mo Scoil, Leabhar Mór na hEalaíne and Leabhar Mór an Cheoil. Her translation of The Book of Curses by Conor Kostick (O’Brien, 2007) was published as Leabhar na Mallachtaí on Leighleat.com in 2015.

Anna Heussaff grew up speaking Irish in Dublin, where she still lives today. She worked with homeless people in England for three years and spent eighteen years in media work in Ireland, as a radio and television researcher and producer/director with RTÉ. As well as writing novels, she teaches third level students and adult Irish-language learners on an occasional basis and provides school workshops through the Writers in Schools scheme.

 

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