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Thursday 17 April 2014

Fodder for young minds

Listowel born writer, Roisin Meaney pictured with her latest book, 'Something in Common' outside Woulfe's Bookshop in Listowel during Writers' Week on Saturday afternoon. Photo by John Reidy

SHE'S better known for her best-selling fiction targeted at adult women, but for Listowel-born Róisín Meaney it's meeting the children of north Kerry to talk about writing that's one of the best things about Writers' Week.

Once again, Róisín took to the primariy schools of the region in an outreach programme of sorts to get more and more children interested in creative writing. With her latest novel Something is Coming just released, Róisín was enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of her home town on Thursday.

She has written two books for children - See If I Care (with Judi Curtin) and Don't Even Think About It - and thanks to a Poetry Ireland programme bringing authors into schools and libraries she's one of Irish children's favourites.

"I love meeting the kids in schools, it's one of my favourite things about Writers' Week and I'll never forget a trip I had to the Presentation in Lixnaw a few years ago. I had a fantastic time with the girls of sixth class and it was fairly representative of the intelligence of the children here with the questions I had to field!"

Róisín's books were aimed at 10 to 12-year-old girls, but her appearances in schools are loved by all ages. "I chat with them about what it's like to be a writer and some of the main questions I'm invariably asked are 'are you rich?' and 'what famous authors do you know?" she laughed."I'm always amazed by how intelligent and engaged the children are and Writers' Week does remarkable work in encouraging an interest in creative writing among the young."

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