Teachers promote children’s writing
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.’