Oisín McGann

Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín grew up in Drogheda, County Louth. He started writing and illustrating stories in copybooks at the young age of about six or seven.

 

Despite his writing habit, he spent most of school convinced he was going to become a zoologist, an aspiration he lost after taking his first art exam in third year at St. Olivers Community College. Unable to conceive of a way to make a living from writing fiction after his Leaving Certificate he decided to fund his dreams of being an author by working as an illustrator. He signed up for a design and print foundation course in Ballyfermot Senior College, Dublin, in 1990 and then studied Animation at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design. In 1992 he dropped out of college to set himself up as a Freelance Illustrator/Artist, serving the publishing and design industries. 1997, he took up a position as Background Layout Designer for Fred Wolf films, working on the animated series of Zorro. On completion of his contract, he decided to expand his horizons and left for London in February 1998 to seek his fortune. He found gainful employment as a security guard, watching over trains and then hospitals.

 

In January 1999, he joined the M&M Consultancy, a small advertising and design firm, as Art Director and soon expanded into copy writing. He spent three and a half years working in advertising and then returned to Ireland in the summer of 2002. He worked as aFfreelance Illustrator once more. His first books were published in 2003.

 

Oisin now works full-time as a writer and illustrator. He lives in Kells.

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