Jen Wallace

Genres: Children | Cork | Debut | Fiction

Jen Wallace is an author and mother from Cork who loves stories. She works in both verse and prose and likes to weave stories from a child’s perspective, full of wonder, deep wisdom and questions about the world. After being diagnosed with both ADHD and autism late in life, she loves to write neurodivergent characters so people like her can see themselves in books. She lives by the sea with her family and their cats, goats, chickens and rabbit. Jen has wanted to be a writer since she was very small, although she also wanted to be a superhero, a firefighter and the President of Ireland. She was selected as a Children’s Books Ireland Raising Voices fellow 2022. Her book Dinosaur Pie is published by Little Island in April 2024 and is illustrated by Alan O’Rourke.


Alan O’Rourke is tall. Very tall. He writes and illustrates children’s books. But that is a work in progress. The tallness is permanent. Hopefully. Alan lives with his family beside the sea in the northeast of Ireland.


Arts Council - funding literature
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
CCC Library & Arts Service
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
Creative Places West Cork Islands
RTÉ Supporting The Arts
Maritime Hotel