Book news

May 21, 2018 By: judicurtin Category: General Chat


I’m so happy to announce that my new book, You’ve Got a Friend, will be out this autumn. Once again, best friends Molly and Beth go back in time. This time they visit the 1970s, where Molly’s dad is having a difficult time. I don’t want to give away too many secrets, but I can say that my cat, Pablo, has a big part to play in the story.

Rachel Corcoran has done beautiful covers for this series, and this one is no exception – I LOVE it!


March 05, 2018 By: judicurtin Category: Books, Events, General Chat

By now, I should be posting about how happy I am at the arrival of spring, but I’m afraid that The Beast From The East changed all that.

My home in Limerick was better than much of the country, but even so, we were snowed in for a few days over the weekend. Luckily I had stocked up with plenty of food, and a stack of books, so all was well.

I did some writing, and even found time to make a snowman. I think he looks quite impressive in the first photo, but I’m afraid the second one tells the truth! I suppose that in photographs, as in life, perspective is everything!



It’s 2018!!!!

January 08, 2018 By: judicurtin Category: General Chat

Hi everyone, and Happy New Year to you all.

2017, was a great year for me, with lots of writing and events and in November, an Irish Book Award. I’m looking forward to 2018, and have lots of plans. The most immediate one is to get going on my next book. It’s going to be a follow-up to Stand By Me, and all I’m going to say for now, is that Molly and Beth might go back to the 1970s.

I hope all your hopes and dreams for the year will come true!


Irish Book Awards

December 05, 2017 By: judicurtin Category: General Chat


I’ve been shortlisted for an Irish Book Award before, but this year I actually WON, and it was an amazing experience. The other writers and illustrators in my category were so talented, I didn’t dare to hope for a win, so when it happened it was a huge surprise. I did much hugging and kissing and jumping around like a crazy thing. The award night is a very sociable night, so it was a great opportunity to catch up with all my author friends – and taking a trophy home – that was like dream come true.

Huge thanks to everyone who voted for my book – I appreciate it more than you could ever imagine.

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November 24, 2017 By: judicurtin Category: Books, Events

Hi everyone

Apologies for the long silence – things have been CRAZY! I had a  jam-packed October, and November has been fairly busy too – including a shortlisting for the Irish Book Awards. (Yippee!)

Anyway, of all the events I’ve done lately, I think my favourite was the day I spent at Childvision in Drumcondra.















We were celebrating the 10th annual fun braille reading day, and it was very well named. Blind and vision-impaired young people came from all over the country to demonstrate their braille reading skills, and I have to say they were all amazing. From little 5 -year old beginners, to teenagers who read as fluently as any sighted people I’ve ever heard, everyone did a great job. Some of the young people read from their own work, which was a delight to listen to.









The guest braille reader was Clare Whelan who warmly encouraged everyone, and the star of the show was her dog Cassie, who behaved beautifully, and only got a small bit excited when he smelled chocolate.









After the event I had lunch with the team who were most welcoming and hospitable, and I found a few minutes to tour the beautiful library with librarian Aideen Brady. All in all it was a great day, and I felt honoured to be part of it.