Myself, @Poetryjoe and @innikmusic have collaborated to make something special at this years International Literature Festival in Dublin. Our immersive art, rhyme and music workshop is inspired by animals and nature, the kooky kind! On this Saturday 25th May at the Party in the Park in St Patricks Park, Dublin @ILFDublin
Bookbag visited Our Lady Immaculate for one of our biggest events ever, with 186 students - gifting books to every student in the school, and to the library - plus a whole school Superhero Doodle & author and illustrator visits!
Marten from Brown Bag Films drew a superhero portrait of Eoghan, a fellow Brown Bag team member, describing the positive personality traits and abilities of his friend, encouraging the children to see themselves in a positive way. Then everyone took part in the Superhero Doodle.
After the doodle we made a human library chain to bring the books from the community hall winding outside and up the stairs to the library. It was really moving moment to see the huge library chain. All the children, parents, grandparents, teachers, CBI, and Brown Baggers got to hold every book on the way to the library.
Then all the classes had an author and illustrator visit by Tarsila Kruse, Alan Nolan, Erika McCann and Shane Hegarty. Thanks to Brown Bag Films and the team at CBI for the amazing day.
Illustration by Barry O'Donoghue
PJ Lynch, Laureate na nÓg, introduces children from Gaelscoil Mhainistir Na Corann in Cork, to the king in my wall mural as part of the laureate project - The Big Draw. PJ, and fellow artists: Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Chris Judge and Lauren O’Neill also created wonderful, vibrant murals for the school.
On our second day of The Big Picture in Gaelscoil Mhainistir Na Corann, in Cork, the king from Tales of Old ireland starts to take shape.
I joined Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch, and artists: Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Chris Judge and Lauren O’Neill for “The Big Picture” project at Gaelscoil Mhainistir Na Corann in Cork over the weekend.
On the first day we were joined by 500 pupils in a Monster Doodle.
Delighted to take part in such an amazing project!
Over the weekend we transformed the walls of the school with unique murals (photographs in next post), each of us creating our own big big picture. The murals were revealed to the pupils of the school the following Monday.
They make quite a statement, and I’m sure will go on to add to the students’ and teachers’ enjoyment of school life.
BOLD GIRLS aims is to break down societal barriers and to instil confidence in girls and young women by showing them female characters in children’s books with agency, power and opinions, addressing at a young age some of the issues that stand in the way of women achieving their ambitions, whether that be in leadership, in government, in the arts.
BOLD GIRLS will highlight and review books that feature strong, intelligent, self-possessed female protagonists in children’s books, as well as celebrating twenty female Irish authors and illustrators, both emerging and established, who have made an exceptional contribution to the canon of Irish children’s literature.