About the Kids’ Own Team

Kids’ Own has a core team of four staff who are committed to delivering on the vision and mission of the organisation. The team has a range of expertise across visual arts, literature, academic, digital media and education fields of practice. Kids’ Own also has a panel of freelance practitioners who support our work in the areas of finance, design, communications and video editing.

Jo Holmwood

Creative Director

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Jo is Creative Director of Kids’ Own and has been working with the organisation since January 2009. During her time with Kids’ Own, Jo has designed and rolled out dozens of projects, including collaborative book projects, early years and family engagement programmes, touring exhibitions, online initiatives, research projects and sectoral development workshops. In her current role, she has overseen the publication of two new children’s books, A Strong Heart and I Hope You Grow, with a third book due for publication in spring 2019. She also has a strong background in fundraising, advocacy, strategic development, building interagency partnerships and research and evaluation. Jo has worked in a freelance capacity as a translator and copy editor, and she is also developing her own practice as a writer. In this latter capacity, she has published short stories and has directed and produced her own work for the stage.


Emma Kavanagh

Digital Content Manager

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Emma Kavanagh graduated from NCAD in 2004 with a Bachelor of Design specialising in Metalwork. In 2009 she earned an Honours Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Policy & Practice at the National University of Ireland, Galway and since then has been working in the professional arts and cultural sector. Emma has a passion for community and educational arts practise and has worked on a variety of projects with Sligo Arts Service, Culture Night Sligo, Forum Theatre, RAPID and The Model. Through this work Emma also discovered a keen interest in digital media and technology which led to her role as a Digital Media Executive with Bua Marketing and OSD Digital Agency. Becoming a member of the Digital Supports Consultants Team for Fáilte Ireland, where she mentored several arts venues and festivals, assisting them in growing their digital presence. In her current role as Project Manager with Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership Emma has continued to utilise her skills in digital media while developing skills in project management, including project planning, delivery, research, budget and event management.


Ciara Gallagher

Project Manager

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Ciara has worked as researcher on children’s books projects including the National Collection of Children’s Books at Trinity College Dublin, and “Gender Identity: Child Readers and Library Collections” at the Centre for Children’s Literature and Culture, Dublin City University. She is the co-editor of the volume Constructions of the Irish Child in the Independence Period 1910-1940 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Ciara has worked with the Museum of Childhood project, and helps to run a small charity, Providence Education, which supports Providence school in north-east India. She has also taught in a number of universities in Ireland and has worked in various administrative positions in the non-profit and public sector.

Éilís Murphy

Administrator and Publishing Assistant

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Éilís is a visual artist and bookbinder who graduated from NCAD in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art Print. Éilís is passionate about books and loves creating and helping others to create books as an accessible art form. In 2012, she studied Arts Development and Participation with Cork Institute of Technology and Mayfield Art Centre which opened up new ways of using participatory art to explore social issues. Since then she has designed and facilitated art projects with children and adults, both independently and with institutions such as the Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Helium Arts, National Print Museum and the National Museums of Ireland. In her role as Administrator and Publishing Assistant, Éilís is responsible for digital content creation for Kids’ Own website and social media, project management and general publishing duties.