Irish Book Awards

Norah Patten, illustrated by Jennifer Farley

Dr Norah Patten is an aeronautical engineer, a faculty member at the International Space University and a citizen scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere). She has participated in several citizen-science campaigns including microgravity research flights, spacesuit testing and evaluation, and spacecraft egress. She is an award-winning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) advocate and ambassador, and regularly appears on radio, television and at public speaking events.

Norah was 11 years of age when she visited NASA on a family trip to the United States. From that moment on she was hooked on all things space. Norah has given talks at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and helped to launch the Children’s Books Ireland Bold Girls campaign. Her first book for children is Shooting for the Stars – My Journey to Become Ireland’s First Astronaut, illustrated by Jennifer Farley.

Twtr: @spacenorah


Jennifer Farley is an illustrator, designer and author from Dublin. Her work has been published in books, magazines and even on the side of a lorry. She is currently a director of Illustrators Ireland and is the author and illustrator of Island of Adventures which was published in 2018. She lives in Westmeath with her husband and dogs. Her latest book is Shooting for the Stars – My Journey to Become Ireland’s First Astronaut with Norah Patten.

Twtr: @Laughing_Lion

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