Childrens Books Ireland Announces New Director

A fantastically huge congratulations goes out to Elaina O'Neill, who has been announced as CBI's new director! Elaina is joining CBI in mid-September, taking over the position from the brilliant Mags Walsh. Elaina is currently the Managing Editor of Little Island Publishers a.d has proved herself to be an incredible advocate for children's literature. She is currently Vice-President of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Ireland, a member of the organising committee of the Dublin Book Festival and Publishing Ireland International Marketing Committee. And, if that isn't enough, she is also a volunteer Fighting Words (centre for creative writing) and a reviewer for Inis Magazine. Busy, busy lady... Elaina, you've just become even busier!
On her incoming appointment, Elaina has said:

“I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed as Director of Children’s Books Ireland. The fresh challenge of leading CBI through the next stage of its development is really exciting, and I look forward to working with an extraordinary team at the heart of the Irish children’s books community. It is my great pleasure to continue to promote the importance of books and reading for children, and to build on Mags’ many achievements as leader of the organisation.”

Welcome, Elaina. It will be a privilege to work with you. All the best wishes.


  1. Thank you so much MEJ! Very much looking forward to it. Hope to see you soon. Elaina


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