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Siobhan Dowd

UK flag (1960 - 2007)

Siobhan Dowd was born to Irish parents and brought up in London. She spent much of her youth visiting the family cottage in Aglish, County Waterford and later the family home in Wicklow Town.

She attended a Catholic grammar school in south London and then gained a degree in Classics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. After a short stint in publishing, she joined the writer's organisation PEN, initially as a researcher for its Writers in Prison Committee.

Genres: Children's Fiction
Anthologies edited
   This Prison Where I Live (1996)
   The Roads of the Roma (1998) (with Ian Hancock)
Carnegie Medal Best Book nominee (2007) : A Swift Pure Cry
Carnegie Medal Best Book winner (2009) : Bog Child
Costa Children's Book Award Best Novel nominee (2009) : Solace of the Road