Malachy Doyle

Malachy Doyle

Malachy Doyle grew up by the sea in Northern Ireland, and after living in Wales for many years has returned to Ireland. He and his wife Liz bought an old farmhouse on a little island off the coast of Donegal, where they live with their dogs, cats and ducks. Malachy has had well over a hundred books published, from pop-up books for toddlers to gritty teenage novels.

Over the years he has won many prestigious book awards, and his work is available in around thirty languages. Some of his 2018 books include Fug and the Thumps (Firefly Press) and Cinderfella (Walker Books).

In June 2018 Graffeg published Molly and the Stormy Sea, a children’s picture book written by Malachy Doyle and illustrated by Andrew Whitson. The book was published simultaneously in English paperback and hardback as well as Welsh and Irish language editions, Mali a’r Môr Stormus and Muireann agus an Fharraige Fhiáin.

Malachy’s second title with Graffeg, Ootch Cootch, publishes in August 2018. Ootch Cootch is illustrated by Malachy’s daughter, Hannah Doyle.


Ootch Cootch, Malachy Doyle, Graffeg, Hannah Doyle

Ootch Cootch

Little Skunk has become separated from his family at a railway station. He only speaks Skunk, and the other animals are wary of his difference until Bel, a young badger, defies prejudice to help him find his family.

A heart-warming and topical picture book that examines prejudice and tolerance in the first picture book pairing by bestselling children’s book author Malachy Doyle and his illustrator daughter Hannah Doyle.

Paperback ISBN 9781912213382, £7.99

Publication 2 August 2018

Molly and the Stormy Sea

Molly wakes one morning to find her house empty. Her father has been out fishing in stormy seas and hasn’t returned from his trip. She takes her most precious possessions down to the harbour; a brass locket containing twenty little cowrie shells, a photograph of her father and her beloved doll Isla to offer the sea in return for her father’s safety. But will the stormy sea return her father and all the other fathers from the fishing trip?

Written by Malachy Doyle and illustrated by Andrew Whitson.

Hardback ISBN 9781912654451, £12.99
Paperback ISBN 9781912050130, £7.99

Molly and the Stormy Sea, Andrew Whitson, Malachy Doyle, Graffeg

Mali a’r Môr Stormus

Mae Mali’n deffro un bore a gweld bod ei thŷ yn wag. Mae ei thad wedi bod allan yn pysgota ar y môr stormus a heb ddod yn ôl o’i daith. Mae Mali’n mynd â’r pethau mwyaf gwerthfawr sydd ganddi i lawr at yr harbwr – loced bres ac ynddi ugain o gregyn Mair, llun o’i thad, a’i doli annwyl, Megan, i’w cynnig i’r môr i ddod â’i thad yn ôl yn ddiogel. Ond a fydd y môr stormus yn dod â’i thad yn ôl, a phob tad arall sydd ar y daith bysgota?

Ysgrifennwyd gan Malachy Doyle, darluniwyd gan Andrew Whitson.

Welsh Paperback ISBN 9781912050123, £7.99

Molly and the Stormy Sea, Andrew Whitson, Malachy Doyle, Graffeg

Muireann agus an Fharraige Fhiáin

Nuair a mhúsclaíonn Muireann maidin amháin, tá an teach folamh. Bhí a hathair amuigh ag iascaireacht ar an fharraige fhiáin is níor fhill sé fós. Tógann sí na rudaí is luachmhaire dá bhfuil aici síos chun an chuain: loicéad práis agus fiche sliogán fínicín beag istigh ann, griangraf dá hathair agus an bhábóg is ansa léi, Nóra. Tá sí chun iad a ofráil don fharraige chun a hathair a fháil ar ais slán sábháilte. Ach an dtabharfaidh an fharraige fhiáin a hathair agus na haithreacha eile ar ais arís ón turas iascaireachta?

Written by Malachy Doyle, illustrated by Andrew Whitson.

Hardback ISBN 9780993474590, £12.99
Paperback ISBN 9780993474583, £7.99