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John Joyce

Agent: Jonathan Williams - Dublin
Dublin 16, Ireland


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John Joyce
Brief CV as a writer:

While my first ambition in life was to become a marine biologist ( I have a PhD from the School of Environmental Science at the University of East Anglia) I discovered the joys of writing at secondary school, and in 1978 was awarded the GLAXO EU Fellowship for Science Writers for Ireland for a series of articles on marine biology in the magazine Diving Ireland.

From 1980 to 1991 I edited the fish farming magazine Aquaculture Ireland and in 1994 published the first of three children's books in the "Captain Cockle" series: "Captain Cockle and the Cormorant". This was followed in 1995 and 1997 by "Captain Cockle and the Loch Ness Monster", and "Captain Cockle and the Pond". These books have been serialised in the environmental newspaper "Sherkin Comment" and the Captain has his regular feature on marine biology there every issue under the banner "Captain Cockle's Log".

In 1998 my first adult novel "Virtually Maria" was published by Poolbeg and selected by the Eason’s Book chain as its “Book of the Month” for August. It was released in England in January 1999. This was followed by the sequel “A Matter of Time”, published in Ireland in October 1999.

All three books in this VIRTUAL TRILOGY; "Virtually Maria" (ISBN 9780955763700), "A Matter of Time" (ISBN 9780955763717)and "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" (ISBN 9780955763724)are being published in 2008 by Spindrift Press, Dublin.

These will be followed early in 2009 by my factually-based thriller about the Cold War, "Fire & Ice" (ISBN 9780955763731) regarding an incident in which a rogue Russian telepathy experiment almost precipitated World War III.

I am a member of the Writers’ Union of Ireland and the Society of Authors. I have also been privileged to enjoy the support of the Arts Council of Ireland during several residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmackerrig. A web page describing my work can be accessed at:

Interests: Irish Crime Thrillers, Technothrillers, Children's Books

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Virtually Maria
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • A Matter of Time