THE National Children’s Book Festival ran in libraries around the country throughout the month of October. Louth libraries were busy schedule of events running for children.
As part of the festival Children’s Books Ireland were lucky enough to secure some very limited funding from Foras na Gaeilge to programme a small amount of projects around the country.
The aim of the project is to connect communities of young readers nationwide
with authors, illustrators and storytellers who work in the Irish language in an in-depth manner.
The library in Dundalk was picked to take part in the project. The renowned children’s writer Aine Ni Ghlinn facilitated three workshops with 6th class from Gaelscoil Dhun Dealgan, along with their teacher Áine Uí Choinne throughout October.
Áine working with the children on a group poem, Bogha Báistí.
Áine Ní Ghlinn has had eighteen children’s books published by various publishers as well as four collections of poetry for adults. She spent several years working as a journalist and Clár Reachtaire with Raidió na Gaeltachta & RTE and a number of years lecturing in DCU.
She has written occasional scripts for TG4’s Ros na Rn and now divides her time between rearing her three sons, writing, working on creative writing projects in gaelscoileanna and lecturing part-time in the Church of Ireland College of Education in Dublin. She is at present working on a new children’s novel as well as some drámaí bunscoile.
Over the years, she has received several bursaries from Clár na Leabhar Gaeilge/Foras na Gaeilge and the Arts Council and has won many awards for both poetry and children’s books. Three of her novels for young and teenage readers - Fuadach, Tromluí and Úbalonga - have won Oireachtas awards. Her most recent publication was Bronntanais agus Féiríní Eile a collection of poetry for children.