Triona Campbell is an award-winning television producer who has been creating content for kids and young adults for over two decades.
To date, she has garnered two International EMMY nominations and two Kidscreen awards for her work in this area. Currently, she is producing “GAMER MODE”, a TV series on video games and technology for RTE2.
A graduate of Trinity College’s Drama department Triona began working in film and television firstly in Ireland and then internationally. While doing this, she spent time developing story ideas at a monthly children’s writers’ group at the Irish Writers Centre, and, dipped her toes in further by taking several of Sarah Webb’s writing for children courses. In 2019, Triona decided to do the Masters in Creative writing at the Oscar Wilde Centre in Trinity and left it wholly smitten by Children’s/YA writing.
Her first work as a writer is a radio drama/podcast series for kids based on the fictional adventures of a young Grace O’Malley. 'Adventures of a Young Pirate Queen' just started airing on RTE Radio Jnr and as part of the Home school Hub podcast (new episode every Monday).
The project was also awarded development funding via Creative Europe to adapt it for Television.
Triona was selected in July of this year for support by Words Ireland as part of the National Mentoring Programme 2020 and was awarded the Dublin City Centre mentorship supported by the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Libraries.
Triona’s debut young adult novel, A Game Of Life Or Death was acquired in a three book deal by Scholastic UK in auction.
Described as Ready Player One meets Black Mirror, A Game of Life or Death is a contemporary thriller with a high stakes speculative twist.
Acquiring editor, Lauren Fortune, Fiction Publisher at Scholastic UK, says: “Part murder mystery, part pulse-pounding thriller, with breath-taking scenes set in a Virtual Reality world as fiendish as the Arena in The Hunger Games, this is a truly sensational read. Asha is Lisbeth Salander for a new generation: an expert hacker who is brave, resilient and super smart – and her story is exhilarating and moving in equal measure. Triona is a major new YA star and we couldn’t be more excited to be publishing her.”
A Game of Life of Death was published on 2nd February 2023.
In between writing and creating television, Triona also writes short daily pieces on Instagram @storyrealms (where she tests out new material and book ideas).