Emma-Jane Leeson Johnny Magory Books

About Us

I’ll tell you a story…

Growing up in Ireland each and every night Emma-Jane’s Mammy and Daddy told her a story about Johnny Magory.

These ‘made-up’ tales were usually derived from whatever sort of harm and devilment EJ had got up to that day and she couldn’t wait for bedtime for her mother to read a book and her father  to tell her a story about what Johnny had done too!

EJ spent her childhood outside, where she was happiest. EJ was an expert tree-climber, ditch-jumper and field-runner.

Some may have called her a tomboy; she called herself a wild ninja-warrior he-man, dinosaur loving girl who was a “world champion” tree climber and animal whisperer!

Not a lot has changed in three decades (well maybe the humility!)

Amongst animals and trees is still where she is happiest.

This inspired her to write down a few stories and bring Johnny McGory to the next generation (and indulged her passion for little people with big imaginations, writing and wildlife as well!)

Climbing trees

Our Purpose, Vision and Values

Purpose: Get children outside exploring and reading books

Vision: To educate children on Irish heritage, wildlife and culture.


  • Adventure – be curious and explore anytime, anyplace.
  • Education – use every opportunity to learn and teach.
  • Family – the single most important relationship, always look for ways to bring families closer.
  • Fun – do what you enjoy and bring fun into everything you do.

Wild swimming IReland

Have you heard the story?

Each story is set in a different location in Ireland and specifically names the flora and fauna that is in the area.

Johnny Magory in the Magical Wild was the first book published in the series about a six year old Irish boy, his dog Ruairi, and their exciting imaginative adventures. This book is based on Ballynafagh Lake which is beside where EJ lives… Truth be told, she thinks she owns the lake and spends time there every day.

Johnny Magory and the Game of Rounders followed next. Johnny Magory and his dog Ruairi sneak off to have a brilliant game of rounders with all his animal friends; when he’s supposed to helping his Mammy and Daddy foot the turf! This is set in the Bog of Allen where EJ spent a large portion of her youth around her Nanna’s house with her cousins. They would jump bog holes for the day then would all line up in their Nanna’s garden as she hosed the bog mould off them! 

The third adventure is Johnny Magory and the Wild Water Race. Based on the Grand Canal of Ireland, the pair have an exciting boat race with their animal friends. Johnny’s little sister Lily-May is also introduced in this book. The grand canal played a big role in EJ’s childhood; she learned to swim in it! 

Supporting Charity

Johnny Magory Books are official partners to CMRF Crumlin with €1 from the sale of every book going directly to the charity.

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Supporting Irish Business

The books are ‘Guaranteed Irish’ as they are written, edited, illustrated iand printed in Ireland.

Workshops and Events

Emma-Jane is available for interactive workshops with children. These events involve reading the stories and encouraging children to engage with nature through various props and activities.

Click here for more information on events.

Please email to arrange a visit.

Emma-Jane reading her books to children

Please get in touch if you have any recommendations on another adventure for Johnny based on your own experience.

Click here to find out more on the books.

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