Derek Keilty 


Tuesday 15th September, 11am


Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet?  Because they can spend years at C!

Ahoy me hearties and shiver your timbers! It’s almost Talk Like a Pirate Day so we’ve got a pirate-themed adventure on Library Adventures Live! We’re thrilled to welcome swashbuckler Derek Keilty, author of Flyntlock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharaohs, one of the Times Top 20 Summer Reads. If you’ve any questions about being an author/illustrator (or pirate), send them in advance to 


About Flyntlock Bones:

Welcome to the Black Hound – a ship full o the cleverest pirate investigators ya ever set eyes upon. The captain pauses. You OK, lad? Ya gone paler than a full moon.

When Flynn applies for the job of cabin boy on the Black Hound, he doesn’t expect it to be a pirate ship! But soon he’s setting sail for the Seven Seas, on a perilous quest to recover ancient treasure bound by a magical curse.

The Times Summer Reads Best 20 Children’s books 2020

A Toppsta 100 most popular books of 2020

The Week s Summer Round up Best reads of 2020


About Derek Keilty:

Derek says he is Belfast’s hardest working children’s author. He began writing in 2000 as a new millennium resolution and hasn’t looked back. He has an excellent reputation for his thriving schools program, storytelling and creative writing workshops. He is married to Elaine (who is a Canadian) and has twin daughters, Sarah-Jane & Rebekah… oh and a retriever called ‘Lady’.


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