Myra / Máire Zepf

Genre
Teen Fiction Writer, Children's Writer
Sessions
Reading and Q&A, Discussion with Writer, Creative Writing Workshop
Age Group
5 - 6, 7 - 10, 11-15, 16 - 18
Level
Primary, Post Primary
Languages
Works in English & Irish
Availability
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Mornings
Travel
Yes

Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience

Myra Zepf is the first ever Children's Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland. Based at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University in Belfast and supported by the Arts Council of NIher role provides a voice for children’s literature in Northern Ireland and promotes an interest in reading and writing from an early age by encouraging creativity and engagement with books with children of all ages, from pre-schoolers, to young adults.  

Myra has published five books for children. Her picture book  Gabh ar Scoil! with illustrator Tarsila Krüse (Futa Fata, 2015recently won a Children’s Book Award from the Literacy Assocation of Ireland. It was IBBY honours-listed and also nominated for CBI Book of the Year. It has been translated to Korean and to English as Don’t Go to School! (Sterling, 2017).  She has also written historical fiction – Tubaiste ar an Titanic (Cló Mhaigh Eo, 2012) and  Leis na Lochlannaigh (Cois Life, 2016). Both of these books appear on the curriculum in the Republic. She was three times nominated for the Reics Carló Book of the Year Award. She translated Torben Kuhlmann’s award-winning Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse from German to Irish (Futa Fata, 2017)  

Most recently, she has created the new ‘Rita’ picture book series with illustrator Andrew Whitson. The first two titles, Rita agus an Róbat and Rita agus an tSíog Mhaith were published by An tSnathaid Mhór in 2017. Myra has been commissioned by Foras na Gaeilge to write a Young Adult Novel which will be published by Cois Life in 2018.  

Session Details

All of Myra’s sessions can be in Irish or in English.  

Myra visits a wide range of age-groups and has sessions tailored to each one. For the youngest children (age 4-6), she has interactive sessions based on her picture books. These involve games and dressing up based on the themes of the particular book.  

From age 7-12, she runs creative brainstorming sessions with children to develop their ideas and inspire them to write. For this age-group, she also has a session based on Lindbergh  once again this is about encouraging their own creativity. 

For 9+ age-groups, as well as the above creative sessions, Myra has history-based workshops inspired by her books on the Titanic and the Vikings.  

For secondary school visits, Myra can run hands-on creative development sessions, or make presentations about the creative process, reading for pleasure or any number of themes.  

Over the years, Myra has presented many bepoke sessions geared towards the particular requirements of classes. She also does larger-scale presentations suitable for greater numbers.  

Telephone
02890 583787
Email
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Website
http://www.mairezepf.com