Literary Programme 2017

Children’s Reading: Sibéal Pounder

Children’s Reading: Sibéal Pounder

Sibéal Pounder

St. Brendan's School Hall

Fri 21 July 2017



Think you know all there is to know about Mermaids? Let Sibéal Pounder set the record straight with her fantastic new series, Bad Mermaids!

Mermaid Beattie and her best friends, Mimi and Zelda, are swimming home from their fortnight living on land – with legs. But Swirlyshell Lagoon is not the same bustling, shell-studded metropolis they left. Arabella Cod, Queen of the Mermaids, has gone missing and the mysterious Dradlina Swamp has seized power. Her army of piranha patrols the highways and every mermaid in town is at her mercy. Can Beattie, Brie and Zelda stop her and find the Queen of the Mermaids? The answer is more complicated than you might think!

Filled with magical mysteries, fabulous fashion, and a serious piranha problem, Bad Mermaids brings a whole new twist to the underwater world of mermaids.

Sibéal Pounder previously worked for the Financial Times, where she researched the How To Spend It section and wrote the For Goodness’ Sake column – interviewing everyone from Veronica Etro to Vivienne Westwood. As well as Bad Mermaids, she writes about fabulous witches and feisty fairies in Witch Wars, her first and much loved series for Bloomsbury. Witch Wars has sold over 50,000 copies and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award.

Bad Mermaids is illustrated by Jason Cockcroft who graduated from Falmouth School of Art in 1994 and has been working as an illustrator of children’s books ever since. He won the Blue Peter Book Award for his work on Geraldine McCaughrean’s retelling of A Pilgrim’s Progress and was the illustrator on the original covers of the final three Harry Potter novels.

Sibéal’s photo is by Richard Grassie