Emily Daly

Emily spends far too much time (and money) on books. She is currently undertaking an MPhil in Children’s Literature at Trinity College Dublin, having also completed her degree in English Literature and Philosophy at TCD. Her research interests include picturebooks, ecocriticism and gender studies. She particularly loves exploring how texts treat identity and space/place. She is also Deputy Editor of The Looking Glass, a creative writing magazine dedicated to children’s literature and illustration. You can view the magazine here.

Childhood Classic

My favourite classic title has to be Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce. While it was only written in 1958, it has certainly earned its place as a modern classic. I find it a fascinating meditation on time, memory and aging. Yet these complex concepts and themes are dealt with in a very accessible way. The personal and poignant narrative moves me every time! Pearce’s writing style is also enchanting, captivating the reader at every twist and turn of this dreamy tale.

Top Five Favourite Children’s Books:

The Red Tree by Shaun Tan
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell