Claire Hennessy is a writer, editor, book reviewer, and creative writing teacher based in Dublin, Ireland. Born in 1986, she has written several books for teenagers, and regularly delivers author visits and writing workshops for schools, libraries and festivals.
Claire’s most recent YA novels Like Other Girls and Nothing Tastes As Good are published by Hot Key Books.
Claire has received three Arts Council bursaries (for both short fiction and YA) and holds masters’ degrees in popular literature and creative writing from Trinity College Dublin.
Claire is a co-director and co-founder of the Big Smoke Writing Factory creative writing school in Dublin, co-founder and co-editor of Banshee, a literary journal, and Puffin Ireland editor at Penguin Random House. She is powered mostly by tea
“It took me about two seconds to come on board as a judge for this competition-Carolann said ‘young adult novels’ and ‘proceeds to AWARE’ and she had me. My two great passions are YA fiction and mental health awareness, and I think the Carousel Aware Prize (CAP) is not only going to raise funds for an important cause but will provide recognition and a kind of curation for self-published works out there. There are great books that, for various reasons, don’t quite fie in with a traditional publishing model, and having a place to highlight the very best is exciting. I can’t wait to read the submissions and see what’s out there!”