This year’s celebration of national book festival at Timahoe NS was the best ever according to the book-mad students, as all classes availed of the fabulous programme of events run by Laois Libraries.
The senior classes travelled to Abbeyleix Library to meet the iconic Marita Conlon McKenna, - a trip “they will always remember” according to class teacher and Principal Ann Bergin. Marita made it clear to her young audience that writing is in everything.
“Writing is in the TV programmes and advertisements, in the cartoons, plays and films. Writing is everywhere about us!!, “ she enthused.
This wonderfully gifted Irish writer, whose books are translated into 12 languages, spoke openly and enthusiastically with and to the children lucky enough to be in attendance, posed for photographs with them and signed their books.
Senior infants and first class travelled to Portlaoise library and had fabulous fun with award winning author Gillian Perdue, who not only read snippets of her Conor’s Cowboy book to the enthusiastic students but also had them acting out the characters from her series of O’Brien Panda books. For Junior Infants the excitement began with the novelty of a coach trip to Abbeyleix Library where they and their school mates from second class got to meet renowned author Liam Farrell. The zany storyteller dressed up in a wolf’s costume and acted out characters from his first book ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.’
The celebrations also gave the students the opportunity to show off their writing skills, as Claire O’Brien from Midlands Radio 3 came to the school to record poetry reading which will be broadcast on Encore soon.