PJ Lynch was born in Belfast, and became interested in art at an early age. He has worked as a children’s book illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in England in 1984, and has illustrated over twenty books, including modern editions of classic books such as Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.
PJ has been awarded the Christopher Medal three times, and he also won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions, first for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, and again for When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest. Lynch’s first illustrated book was A Bag of Moonshine by Alan Garner a collection of folklore tales from England and Wales, which was published in 1986. For that work he won the Mother Goose Award given to the most exciting newcomer to British children’s book illustration. Since then folklore – traditional stories, legends, and fairy tales – have been a recurring subject of his work. In recent years PJ has been commissioned to design posters for Opera Ireland and the Abbey Theatre. Recent titles include Mysterious Traveler, Once Upon a Place, which was complied by Eoin Colfer as Laureate na nÓg, and The Boy who Fell off the Mayflower, which is the first book PJ has also written. PJ ‘s next project is illustrating Patrick and the President, set during the period when President Kennedy retuned to his ancestral home in 1963. The text is written by Ryan Tubridy.
P.J. Lynch has lectured on his own work, and on Art and Illustration at the National Gallery of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland and at the National Print Museum of Ireland, as well as at numerous conferences and colleges across the U.S.
PJ Lynch was appointed the fourth Laureate na nÓg in May 2016.
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