Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Bookbag - Rutland National School Visit

They certainly are and artists

What a wonderful day! Not only did I get to wallow in Nessa O'Mahony's fantastic writing session (a follow on course in creative writing) at the writers centre this morning, but I also got to visit the inspiring 3rd and 4th class pupils at Rutland N.S. Thanks teachers for allowing me to dive bomb your classrooms. I was asked many interesting questions, including did I make Despicable Me 2? Tempting to say yes but unfortunately not...we did get onto the subject of minions and as promised here are some of my youngest son's lego creations (not from a kit.) It was lovely to meet Deirdre (3rd class teacher extraordinaire, originally from Corofin, Co.Galway) and hope the children enjoyed creating the super hero ID badges as much as I enjoyed seeing them being worn. Thanks for a lovely outing everyone. Keep up the really great work!
I'm sure we'll see some of these books on the shelves of bookshops in the coming days.

A series of books about food created by Jordan in 4th class

Superhero ID badge

Comics created by 3rd class

3rd class

3rd class with teacher Deirdre Heverin

School garden


Baby minion

Tuesday, 20 May 2014


Really looking forward to meeting 3rd and 4th class pupils at Rutland National School in Dublin tomorrow.
Bookbag is a children’s book gifting initiative, kickstarted by funding from Brown Bag Films and delivered in partnership with Laureate na nÓg and Children’s Books Ireland. Rutland National School is the first school chosen to take part in this scheme; Brown bag and CBI hope to bring books to many more schools in the future.
Under the scheme, every child in the school will get a brand new book to take home and keep – a book that is fun,entertaining, high quality and that will encourage reading for the love of it, not just to learn.
Niamh Sharkey believes that reading is a great way to explore new worlds through the imagination and to discover amazing illustrations – no matter how young or old you are.

Niamh Sharkey and colleagues