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John Burke and Kathi Burke: Constance Markievicz


Constance Markievicz grew up in Co. Sligo in the late 1800s with a dream: she wanted Ireland to become free and the people to be treated fairly. She spent her life working to make these things happen. With rebellion in the air, she was asked for advice on how a lady should dress. Her answer? ‘Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank and buy a revolver.’

And the Easter Rising began …

Kathi ‘Fatti’ Burke is an Irish illustrator. She lives in Lisbon. John Burke is Fatti’s dad. He is a retired primary school teacher and principal. He lives in Waterford.

Their first book Irelandopedia won The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award at the Irish Book Awards 2015 and the Eilís Dillon Award for first children’s book and the Judges’ Special Award at the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016. Their next books Historopedia and Foclóiropedia were nominated for the Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior) Award at the Irish Book Awards 2016 and 2017.

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