Gerard Whelan was born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford. He is the author of several books for children and is a multiple award-winner. The Guns of Easter, his first novel,(Dublin, The O'Brien Press, 1996), won a Bisto Merit Award and the Eilis Dillon Award for first-time writers. Dream Invader was the overall winner of the Bisto Book of the Year Award 1998, and War Children ( O'Brien Press, 2002), won the Reading Association of Ireland Award 2003. Other books by Gerard Whelan include A Winter of Spies (sequel to The Guns of Easter) (Dublin, Gill and Macmillan, 1999); and Out of Nowhere; and Spiked: Church-State Intrigue and the Rose Tattoo (Dublin, New Island Books, 2002). He lives in Enniscorthy.
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