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 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Children’s Books Ireland, The Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Poetry Ireland. The honour has been established to engage young people with high quality literature and to underline the importance of children’s literature in our cultural and imaginative life.
Sarah Crossan is a poet and novelist. She is Ireland’s fifth Laureate na nÓg and will hold the title from 2018 until 2020. Her theme as Laureate will be #WeAreThePoets, a two-year project inspiring young people to express themselves through poetry and verse. Sarah has a particular interest in working with marginalised communities. Under the #WeAreThePoets banner she will collaborate with a team of writers to deliver workshops, as well as a national event showcasing the young voices that have participated in her Laureate project.
You can find out more information about Laureate na nÓg on the website: www.childrenslaureate.ie
Sarah Crossan lived in Dublin until she was six-years-old when her family emigrated to the UK. After studying at The University of Warwick and The University of Cambridge, she worked as an English teacher for ten years, in both England and the United States, before becoming a full-time writer in 2012.
Sarah’s novels The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain were shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CBI Book of the Year Award. In 2016, Sarah’s verse novel One won the CILIP Carnegie Medal and CBI Book of the Year Award as well as The Bookseller YA Book Prize, the CLiPPA Poetry Award, and many other awards. In 2017 the Dutch translation of One, Een, won the Dioraphte Literature Prize and the German translation, Eins, received a double-shortlisting for the prestigious Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. In 2017 Sarah published We Come Apart, her first collaboration with Costa Children’s Book Award winner Brian Conaghan, which was also shortlisted for several awards. Sarah’s latest novel for teenagers, Moonrise, has been shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, the CBI Book of the Year Award, The Bookseller YA Book Prize and the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards DEPT51@Eason Teen/Young Adult Book of the Year 2017. Sarah was chosen to represent Ireland at the Hay Festival 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark, in a celebration of children’s writing. Her short stories and poems have been included in several collections including Amnesty International’s Here I Stand. Sarah is also the author of the dystopian novels Breathe and Resist. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and her debut, The Weight of Water, has been adapted for the stage four times.