Author Sarah Crossan makes an 'inspiring' visit to Northern Ireland students

Published on: 01 February 2018 Author: Kathryn Anderson

This January, Sarah Crossan, author of YA books such as Apple and Rain, The Weight of Water and the award-winning verse novel One, visited students in Northern Ireland as part of the BookTrust NI author tour.

Sarah Crossan addresses pupils in Northern Ireland

Sarah met with students from six schools, entertaining over 450 pupils with her poetry and reading extracts from her new book, Moonrise. The tour was supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Fund to help young children develop a love of reading, sharing stories and books.

As part of the joint project with BookTrust and ACNI, students received their very own copy of Moonrise, personally signed by Sarah. Each school also entered a creative writing competition and winners will get copies of One, Apple and Rain and The Weight of Water for their school.

Sarah said: 

'I’m absolutely delighted to have been able to tour schools in Northern Ireland and meet new young readers and writers. I was there reminding everyone that poetry belongs to us all.'

Mary Fettes, Head of English at St Colman’s High School, said: 'St Colman’s High School would like to thank BookTrust for organising such an uplifting and inspirational event. Sarah Crossan’s talk was the best author address that I have ever attended as it was perfectly pitched for her teenage fan base - full of interactive, fun activities and heartfelt anecdotes. My students loved every minute.'

Pupils with Sarah Crossan books

Year 10 pupil Annie McWilliams said of the visit:

'It was really inspiring to hear that Sarah was once shy and she conquered her fears and became a writer.'

Liz Canning, National Development Manager, Northern Ireland, said: 'We’re thrilled to have the opportunity for Sarah to visit and help encourage students on their reading journey. Reading enjoyment can drop off as students get towards their teenage years, so having someone as inspirational as Sarah to get them excited about poetry and sharing stories is an incredible honour. Her sessions were fantastic, really informative and she made an impact on the pupils she met.'

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: 'Artist visits like this are a fantastic opportunity for children to meet a successful writer and hear a story brought to life in the author’s own voice.

'An event like this is not only great fun for young audiences but hugely valuable, inspiring the imagination, and perhaps even encouraging children to start thinking about developing their own stories. The Arts Council is pleased to support BookTrust NI in promoting the value of reading to young people across Northern Ireland.'

Watch our film of Sarah Crossan's Northern Ireland visit

Sarah's funny, interactive sessions get pupils engaging with poetry and she talks about the power of meeting young readers and writers face to face.

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