- Poet, Children's Writer & Illustrator
- Reading and Q&A, Creative Writing Workshop
- Age Group
- 5 - 6, 7 - 10, 11-15
Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience
My latest book is Hopscotch in the Sky, a book of poetry for children jointly published by Little Island and Poetry Ireland. It is accompanied by my 'how to' Hopscotch in the Sky Poetry Kit, for teachers, children and parents, free to download from the Little Island website, http://littleisland.ie/books/hopscotch-in-the-sky/
I have written and illustrated a number of picture books for 2-6yr olds, and two storybooks for 5-9 yr olds, written scripts for RTÉ and poems for 7-11yr olds which have been included in a number of anthologies. These are listed below. I also review children’s books for both Inis and The School Librarian.
Hopscotch in the Sky, Little Island & Poetry Ireland, 2017
Hopscotch in the Sky Poetry Kit, Little Island 2017
Emma and Julia in the Kitchen/ Emma agus Julia sa Chistin, Poolbeg 1996
Julia in the Garden/ Julia sa Ghairdín, Poolbeg 1996
Lily and Ted/ Lily agus Ted, Poolbeg 1997
Good Morning/ Dia Duit ar Maidin, Poolbeg 1997
Molly is a Good Dog/ Is Madra Maith í Molly, Poolbeg 1997
Sandy the Great, Poolbeg Wren Storybook 1999.
Sandy on Holiday, Poolbeg Wren Storybook 2002.
Poems for children included in the following Anthologies:
Poetry Now 2001, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Co. Arts Office.
The Dog Ate my Bus Pass, ed. Nick Toczek & Andrew Fusek Peters, Macmillan, 2004
Spooky Schools, ed. Brian Moses, Macmillan, 2004
Poems to Take on Holiday, ed. Susie Gibbs, Oxford, 2004
Poems for My Best Friend, ed. Susie Gibbs, Oxford, 2004
The Poetry Store, ed. Paul Cookson, Hodder, 2005
The Works 5: An Alphabet of Poets, ed. Paul Cookson, Macmillan, 2006
The Secret Life of Pants and Other Brilliant New Poems, ed. Roger Stephens, A&C Black, 2006
The Works 8, ed. John Foster, Macmillan, 2009
Read Me at School, ed. Gaby Morgan, Macmillan, 2009
Taking the Plunge, ed, Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, DLR co.co, 2014
TV and Radio:
Scripts for RTÉ TV's pre-school programme, The Morbegs.
Our Immortal Beloved, a life of Beethoven for children in five parts, Lyric FM.
Five stories 'Den Tots Storyland' broadcast RTÉ Network 2
View Sample of Work
Sessions can take several forms and the focus can be on poetry, story and/or illustration and making books through simple paper folding. Most start with readings from my poems or stories and with writing-related chat, and they can develop into creative writing workshops.
Poetry sessions can include time for reading from a selection of anthologies (not just those that include my poems) that I have collected, and collaborative and individual poetry writing evolves from this reading.
Sessions focusing on story usually start with a reading from one of my early picture books, no matter what the age of the participants, as I find their brevity a great way to initiate discussion about writing and illustration. I always bring some of the original artwork for these picture books as well.
During all sessions I encourage the children to ask questions as they occur to them as this allows me to be attentive to the class’s particular interests and their questions can generate very worthwhile discussion.
I particularly enjoy the longer B sessions where we can build on the children’s creativity week by week. Given the age range of my published work schools often like to divide A sessions between several junior classes. This is fine as infants in particular will get a lot out of 30-45 minutes. Older classes may be given more time. NB, in my experience it is not a good idea to ‘double-up’ the classes. Regarding Irish, I am not fluent (Blame primary school in London!) but I am well disposed toward and have some experience of working in Gaelscoileanna with my dual-language picture books.
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