Strange dreams and images have haunted Kay Warrick throughout her life. She travels to Ireland and is transported back to an ancient time where sorcery and magic powers are commonplace. As she embarks on her quest, her destiny becomes clear she has been chosen to recover the four treasures of power of the Tuatha de Danaan.
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Orla Melling was born in Bray, Co Wicklow and emigrated to Canada with her family when she was five years old. Growing up in Toronto with seven sisters and two brothers, she returned often to Ireland for Irish dancing competitions. She was North American Junior and Senior Irish Dancer and later taught dancing.
After a distinguished University career (Deans Honours List, Archimedes Award for Creative Endeavour, Ontario Graduate Scholar, etc) she graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto with a B.A. in Celtic Studies and Philosophy and an M.A. in Medieval Irish History.
A lover of travel and adventure, she hitchhiked across Canada and throughout California. On a youth exchange programme with Malaysia she lived among the native peoples of Borneo and climbed Mount Kota Kinabulu, the highest mountain in SouthEast Asia.
Her very varied lifestyle continued with a spell as Lieutenant in the Canadian Naval Reserve where she became the firstever female training officer of new male recruits.
So when did the writing start? Orla had intended to become a labour lawyer, enter politics and make her way up to being the first woman Prime Minister of Canada, but the tedium of case studies and dry tomes proved too much. She dropped out of law school, determined to pursue her lifelong passion for reading by writing her own book. So she returned to her grandmothers house in Bray and wrote THE DRUID'S TUNE, published first in Canada and then by The O'Brien Press in Ireland.
Her next books continued Orla's fascination with history, fantasy and Irish legend. THE HUNTER'S MOON and THE SINGING STONE are exciting adventures which involve modern teenagers in Ireland's Celtic past. THE HUNTERS MOON won the Rith Schwartz Children's Literture Award (Canada) 1994 and was shortlisted for the Young Adult Book of the Year Award 1993 of the Canadian Library Association.
As well as writing her own books, Orla now reviews books for magazines such as Books Ireland and for The Irish Times and is also on the Arts Council list for school and library visits.
Having spent a number of years in Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan, Orla now lives in Kinvara, Co Galway, with her daughter Findabhair.
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Book Description Puffin, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140319808
Book Description Penguin Books Canada, Limited, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140319808