Kids thrilled as authors visit St Anne’s
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.