Dolores Keaveney, Illustrator, Children's Book Author, Artist

Dolores Keaveney, Children’s Author & Illustrator


Hello, Dolores here.   I am an author and illustrator of children’s picture books and   I  have been painting for the best part of 40 years and have had many exhibitions. My art is vibrant, colourful, loose and up-lifting. I get my inspiration from the bees, my garden and my grandchildren. 12 years ago I was inspired to write and illustrate my first  children’s picture book  called If I were a bee….because I really love bees and I had been learning about them and they inspired me to write a little picture book about them.   I decided to self publish because I had read up and researched a lot about self publishing over the previous year and I felt it was a route which I would like to take as it was a challenging way to go about publishing a book. I realised from the start that it would be a daunting journey but I felt I still wanted to go this route. In 2009 I launched  ‘If I were a bee’… This book was a great success for me and spurred me on to write and illustrate more. So I have continued to launch one or two books per year since then.

In 2018 I submitted a book called Dee the Bee to a publisher in Australia who offered me a contract.   This book is back to the bees and tells of all the fruit and veg that the bee pollinates and that we eat.  This book was published in September 20 and is sold all over the world. 

While some of my books are out of print, by choice, 6 are still in print and can be found here on my website under books section and  ten of my books are available to download from Amazon Kindle here

Libraries & Schools

I take part in workshops regularly in Schools and Libraries throughout the country. I have many testimonials from my reading and doodling events.


2012 Residency in the Tyrone Gutrie Centre Annamakerrig Monaghan


I am delighted to say that I have joined forces with Pixalili Co. Donegal who will be launching a range of textiles featuring my images from some of my books. Just hop on to their website to check them out. 

My books available in the books section of this website postage free.  There is also a special offer of 4 books for 25 euro.  All books will be signed.


Huwie the Appletree my new book out now and available here on my website
My book published by Starfish Bay Publishing Australia is available to buy here on my website and can be purchased in any good bookshop.



funding from LEO