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My Cultural Life: Author Sarah Webb on her love of children's books, cinema treats, and picture-perfect reads


Children's book author Sarah Webb. Photo: Photogenic Photographers

Children's book author Sarah Webb. Photo: Photogenic Photographers

Children's book author Sarah Webb. Photo: Photogenic Photographers

Sarah Webb is an award-winning children’s writer and novelist, her latest kids book, The Little Bee Charmer of Henrietta Street, is out now. She’s an organiser of WonderFest — which champions Irish children’s books — an online event that closes this evening.

BOOK: October, October

I’ve just finished October, October by Katya Balen, which a writer friend bought for me and it blew me away. It’s about a girl and her dad who live a wild life in the woods, until he has an accident and she has to move to the city while he recovers. The writing is sublime. I read mostly children’s books, for work and for pleasure. There’s so much originality and hope in them.


FILM: The Farewell

I recently watched The Farewell on Netflix with my daughter, who is 18, and we loved it. It’s about a young Chinese-American woman, Billi, who travels to China to visit her beloved grandmother. Her grandmother is dying but the extended family refuse to tell her, so Billi has to keep the secret too. It’s sweet and funny, well worth a watch.


PODCAST: Three Castles Burning

I listen to podcasts most days when I’m walking the dog. I’m currently listening to Three Castles Burning, a history podcast by Donal Fallon. He focuses on a different theme each week and puts a lot of work into the research and the presentation. One of my favourites is ‘From Dalkey to Vogue’, the story of Carmel Snow, Irish editor of Harper’s Bazaar in the 1930s to the 1950s, a remarkable woman.


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EVENT: Monday Cinema Club

The Monday Night Cinema Club in the Pavilion Theatre is back up and running this month and I have missed it so much. Every Monday I sit in the back row of the theatre with my friend Penny and we lose ourselves in wonderful films. Then we chat about the film for a while.



My all-time favourite is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. It’s the story of a boy who creates his own magical world where he is king of the wild things. The illustrations are so clever. They start small and grow and grow, until they take over the pages. I can read it over and over without getting bored. 

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