Kids thrilled as au­thors visit St Anne’s

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THE STU­DENTS at St. Anne’s Na­tional School in Shankill cel­e­brated Na­tional Book week in a very spe­cial way last Thurs­day.

The kids were very ex­cited to have two au­thors visit the school.

St. Anne’s very own Mr. Jim Hal­li­gan, who teaches sixth class, and chil­dren’s au­thor and for­mer Fair City star Karl O’Neill, held sep­a­rate talks at the school as part of the book week cel­e­bra­tions.

In the li­brary Jim spoke to the en­thu­si­as­tic fourth, fifth and sixth classes about the process of writ­ing a book from get­ting in­spi­ra­tion to get­ting pub­lished.

The kids were ea­ger to find out all about the in­spi­ra­tion for Jim’s new book, The Diabolical Down­loads.

The thriller is about a child who down­loads ring tones on their mo­bile for free and then finds them­selves un­der the de­mands of the evil man who gives the down­loads. The book was also the in­spi­ra­tion for a com­pe­ti­tion held in school whereby the kids had to draw a fan­tasy mo­bile phone.

The phone could turn into any­thing they wanted.

Some of the winning ideas were out of this world with a mo­bile phone be­com­ing a bouncy cas­tle to phones be­com­ing hair straight­en­ers. The 11 win­ners won the fan­tas­tic prize of a signed copy of the Diabolical Down­loads.

In the class­rooms of the first, sec­ond and third classes, Karl let the stu­dents into the world of his book, The Most Beau­ti­ful Let­ter, telling them where he got the idea from and then read ex­tracts from the book. All the chil­dren loved the day and the school was full of buzz and ex­cite­ment.

To cel­e­brate the day and book week each of the stu­dents were given a book mark.

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