Teach­ers pro­mote chil­dren’s writ­ing

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THREE TEACH­ERS from St. Anne’s Na­tional School in Shankill have launched a new on­line mag­a­zine ded­i­cated to print­ing sto­ries and po­ems writ­ten by chil­dren in Ir­ish pri­mary schools.

Chil­dren are in­vited to send their sto­ries, po­ems, jokes, let­ters and book re­views in to www.you-tale.ie and be in with a chance of hav­ing their work pub­lished on­line.

There is also in­for­ma­tion on the site for young artists who wish to sub­mit il­lus­tra­tions and a quiz open to all.

Ini­tially it will be pub­lished ev­ery two months and the You-tale team, (Pauline Len­non, Ali­son Fahy and John New­man), hope to hold an an­nual writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion and pub­lish the win­ners and the best of the year’s work, in pa­per form.

‘Ob­vi­ously not all work sub­mit­ted will be printed, which in any case would di­min­ish the achieve­ment,’ said John. ‘So chil­dren are en­cour­aged to only sub­mit their very best ef­forts.. There are small prizes for those who are suc­cess­ful.’

You-tale will take all rea­son­able pre­cau­tions to main­tain a child-safe site. Parental per­mis­sion will be sought be­fore print­ing any child’s work and only first names will be used on the site.

‘For an as­pir­ing writer the praise of a teacher or par­ent is won­der­ful,’ added John. ‘But noth­ing beats get­ting that story in print.’

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