Children’s Book Festival!

October is the busiest month for writers with the Children’s Book Festival and so many events happening around Ireland.

So I packed up my book bag and headed down to Waterford City to talk to a huge group of wonderful young readers in the magnificent setting of the City Hall. I had lots of fun with everyone.

Then last week, I went up on the bus to Donegal. No trains, but I enjoyed the beautiful Autumn colours and scenery. I stayed in Letterkenny where I got to meet lots of great kids and young writers in the Central Library.

I also dropped into my local Dubray Bookshop for their ‘Books are my Bag’ promotion where they are giving away handy book bags when you buy some books….something I can never resist!

‘Beyond The Stars’ Book Launch

beyond the stars cover from nicolaWhat a big night! Lots of fun In Eason’s to celebrate the launch of Beyond the Stars – a collection of amazing short stories by 23 authors and illustrators including budding young author Emma Brade, who won the story competition.

The book is the brain child of Irish author Sarah Webb who persuaded everyone to either write a story or create an illustration for this magical book.

The book will raise lots of money for Fighting Words – the brilliant centre set up in Dublin by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love to encourage kids of all ages to get creative and write.

Sarah Webb and Marita

Sarah Webb and Marita

My story ‘The Snow Globe’ is about Cass who hates moving house. She buys a snow globe at a Christmas market and soon discovers its mystery and magic. The illustrations are by the wonderful P.J. Lynch who manages to capture my story perfectly.

Ruth Alltimes and her team at Harper Collins have produced a very special book which hopefully everyone will go out buy or put on their Christmas List.