Laureate na nÓg is an exciting project recognising the role and importance of literature for children. It is an initiative of the Arts Council with the support of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Children's Books Ireland, Poetry Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
The laureateship is currently held by Eoin Colfer. Eoin is the third person to be awarded this unique honour and will hold the title from 2014 until 2016.
You can find out more information about Laureate na nÓg on the website http://childrenslaureate.ie/.
Once Upon a Place
Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer launched Once Upon A Place, a nationwide tour of storytelling, on Friday 10 October on the Hook Peninsula, County Wexford. The best-selling author of novels such as the Artemis Fowl series and Benny and Omar grew up near Hook Head and many of his stories were inspired by the area. 'I'm pleased to be able to start this new initiative on home ground,' Eoin said. 'My priority as Laureate na nÓg is to bring stories to children all over Ireland, particularly those in remote areas that might not normally receive visits from writers, so where better to start than in that magical place, the Hook?'
The Once Upon A Place programme has three strands: the first brings stories to children all over Ireland, reaching places that might not normally be prioritised e.g. schools that are not part of a writers in schools scheme, remote communities that may not have had a visiting storyteller before, or youth/reading groups that may not have funding to access visiting artists. Eoin's second focus is on fantastic places: extraordinary settings in which to stage very special and memorable storytelling events to spark children's imaginations and bring the magic of story and of books to young people. In a third strand, Eoin is editing an anthology of original short stories written by well-known Irish writers for children as well as other prominent Irish personalities from the worlds of literature, music, comedy, TV and sport.
You can find more information about Once Upon A Place in the Literature news section of this website, or you can contact contact Elaina Ryan, Director, Children's Books Ireland, on 01 872 7475 or firstname.lastname@example.org.