100 schoolchildren now published authors following Roddy Doyle partnership

100 schoolchildren now published authors following Roddy Doyle partnership
Roddy Doyle at the Olympia Theatre.

100 Irish schoolchildren became published authors today, thanks to a partnership between Roddy Doyle and the Children’s Literature Laureate PJ Lynch.

The Booker winning author’s Fighting Words organisation - along with the Laureate - helped the pupils to write and illustrate a thriller called The Search.

The 36-page limited edition tells the story of a boy who runs away from an orphanage in Drogheda to search for his parents, but is tracked down by evil Sister Mary Petunia.

It was completed at workshops in Dublin, Wicklow, Cork and Belfast.

Roddy Doyle says its a great achievement.

He said: "I’d like to say congratulations to the children who wrote the book.

"They are published authors and they deserve to be because the story is really good.

"They are the envy of hundreds of unpublished writers who would love to be in their position.

"I just hope they enjoy the experience, it is a wonderful experience."

- Digital Desk


More in this Section

Man, 60s, dies in crash in Co SligoMan, 60s, dies in crash in Co Sligo

PSNI chief meets businessman Kevin Lunney who was abducted and torturedPSNI chief meets businessman Kevin Lunney who was abducted and tortured

Appeal for witnesses to Limerick crash that claimed teen's lifeAppeal for witnesses to Limerick crash that claimed teen's life

RTÉ sells two paintings at Sotheby's auctionRTÉ sells two paintings at Sotheby's auction


Lifestyle

It won’t come as news to mothers-to-be that they are not eating for two, as the old saying goes, but the number of extra calories needed may come as a surprise. And it’s much fewer than you might think.Eating for two: It's quality not quantity of food that matters during pregnancy

No. It is such a small word, yet at times, something many of us find difficult to utter. The inability to say no to work, friends or family can cause so much stress in our lived lives.Learning Points: Just say no, there’s power in that little word

Fiona Kelleher has set some of the works of Múscraí poets Seán Ó Riordáin and Séamus Ó Céilleachair to music, writes Pet O'ConnellPoetry and music combine in reimagining of works of Seán Ó Riordáin and Séamus Ó Céilleachair

I fear I might be getting to that stage with my daughter Joan, who is 8, whereby I am the needy one! I fear I might be getting to that stage with my daughter Joan, who is 8, whereby I am the needy one!Mum's the word: I’m the needy one... I get the kiss off from my own daughter!

More From The Irish Examiner