Grace JolliffeCountry: Ireland
BiographyGrace Jolliffe was born and brought up in Toxteth, Liverpool. Her mother was a Liverpudlian and her father an Irish immigrant who took the cattle boat with his brothers to follow the emigration trail to Liverpool in the 1950’s.
The family became returning emigrants when they moved back to Wicklow in Ireland when Grace was a teenager.
She now lives with her husband in Galway on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, where she is busy writing and gardening. She writes for adults as well as children and enjoys both equally.
Her first novel, Piggy Monk Square, (for adults) was originally published by Tindal Street Press and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s prize and was chosen as RTE Radio One's Book of the Week
Grace’s writing has been widely published in both magazines and newspapers, and she has also written for television and film. Her short films have won several awards at film festivals.
Her children’s stories were regularly broadcast on RTE One, Ireland’s National Radio Station.
Grace loves nature. Gardening and hill walking are two of her favourite pastimes. She would love to see more children (and adults) enjoying themselves outdoors and always tries to encourage this in her writing.