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.
The second book in the Molly series, Molly and the Whale, published on 4 July 2019 in English, Welsh and Irish editions.