Margaret Ann Suggs

Margaret Anne loves to draw! Her specialty is children’s picture books. For a while she did product illustration for a clock company … but that’s a story for another time. Now her detailed drawings are peppered with charismatic cats and ladybirds that bring stories to life. Margaret Anne was born and raised in the American deep South, but later moved to Dublin, Ireland to complete her Master’s Degree at the National College of Art and Design. Currently, Margaret Anne is the Promotions Officer for Illustrators Ireland, a dynamic group of professional illustrators. When she is not drawing, painting and making things, she teaches others to as a lecturer in the Illustration department at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. Margaret Anne lives in County Dublin, near the sea with her dashing husband, two amazing sons and a whiny cat. She is never too busy to eat chocolate.

Childhood Classic

I have two! In picturebooks, Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn and for chapter books I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.

Top Five Favourite Children’s Books:

We Were Tired of Living in a House by Liesel Moak Skorpen and Doris Burn
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
The Spider and the Fly, by Mary Howitt and Tony DeTerlizzi
The Story Blanket written by Ferida Wolff & Harriet May Savitz, illustrated by Elena Odriozola
Peaceable Kingdom – The Shaker Abecedarius based on the Shaker ‘Rhymes of Animals’, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen



** NO REPRO FEE ** brothers Darragh (8) and Rowan Coughlan (9) with Children's Books Ireland's 'Doodle Doctor' Margaret Ann Suggs in The Ark on the opening weekend of the International Literature Festival. The Festival continues until Sunday 24th May welcoming Irvine Welsh, Anne Enright, Jon Ronson, Oliver Jeffers, Alexander McCall Smith, Paul Muldoon and Anne Applebaum to Dublin PIC: Con O'Donoghue