What a fabulous day meeting 70 brilliant young writers at the very special Young Writer’s Day in Dun Laoghaire’s Lexicon Library! The day was part of Cruinniu na nOg –Ireland’s national day of creativity for young people with events held all over the country.
The morning kicked off with a big panel discussion with Dave Rudden, Deirdre O’Sullivan, Alan Nolan and me talking to Grainne Clear about how we all got started writing and illustrating. There were lots of brilliant question from the young writers and illustrators… Many of whom are already working on books…. amazing!!
Then it was time to get writing and drawing at the workshops… followed by a really great talk about publishing your books with Eoin O’Brien from O’Brien Press and Grainne Clear from Little Island Books .
I also took time out at the weekend to visit the Dalkey Book Festival and attended a brilliant discussion with historian and author Peter Frankopan and Diarmaid Ferriter on ‘Why History Matters.’ My brain was buzzing after it!
Then to the Dalkey Heritage Centre where my friend author Martina Devlin and Andrea Catherwood gave a fascinating insight into the life of one of my great hero’s Countess Constance Markievicz. Books and writing … can a weekend get any better!