Described in The Irish Times as ‘one of our foremost writers for young people’, novelist Sheena Wilkinson has won five Children’s Books Ireland awards, including the Book of the Year Award for Grounded (2012), and most recently the Honour Award for Fiction for Star By Star (2017). In 2012 Sheena was granted a Major Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, its highest award.
She was the inaugural writer-in-residence at the Church of Ireland College of Education, and Ireland’s first patron of reading. She tutors regularly for Arvon and teaches Creative Writing in a wide range of settings, from Trinity College Dublin to primary schools and prisons. She was RLF Writing Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast from 2015–2018, and has piloted the RLF Bridge project in Northern Irish schools, working with sixth-form students to develop confidence in academic writing in preparation for university.
Sheena’s own experience of completing a PhD, as well as her previous career in secondary school teaching, have given her keen insight into the anxieties about writing that many students carry into third-level education. She has a special interest in working with education students, but enjoys helping students in all disciplines and at all levels.