The Londonderry-born "grande dame" of Irish children's literature Maeve Friel has died after a short illness.
The 65-year-old had written more than 20 books in her successful career, the most popular of them the Witch-In-Training series and the Tiger Lily trilogy.
Her books were translated into 12 languages including Hebrew, Chinese, Polish and Catalan.
The Dublin resident's Irrational Developments, a story inspired by protests about water shortages in a small Spanish village, won the 1990 Hennessey Literary Award.
She shared a publisher at one point with Dr Sheena Wilkinson of the Seamus Heaney Centre, who is a writer of children's books and is the Royal Literary Fellow at Queen's University, Belfast.
She said: "I was struck, in person and in her writing, by her honesty and warmth. Writers always look to the generation before, and I know Irish writers of my generation owe a great deal to writers like Maeve."