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6th class visit to Bandon Library for workshop with author Paula Leyden

3rd/4th Class trip to Library HQ where they attended a story telling session using the stories from the Táin followed by a tour of Library HQ and County Hall.

5th class visited Dunmanway Library on Wednesday 9th October '13 for a workshop with poet/author John Sexton.  On return they wrote about their experience - below are two accounts of their day.

On Wednesday 9th October we, 5th class were very excited because we were going to Dunmanway library.  We were going there to meet and listen to the great author, poet, scriptwriter and lyricist John W. Sexton.  John who is aged 56, was born in Limerick but was reared in London.  He now lives in Kenmare, County Kerry.  We were looking forward to meeting him.  At 10.15 we boarded the bus and set off to the library.

When we arrived at the library we all sat down.  First John spoke to us about writing stories.  He has been publishing books for thirty years and even some of his books have been translated to Serbian and Italian.  He read us an extract from 'The Johnny Coffin Diaries' and we enjoyed it very much.  He also read us a story called Kadambi & Kavuli.  It was very imaginative and while he was telling the stories he used a lot of expression and hand gestures.  We all found his life and his work very interesting.  He was very humourous.

After an hour it was time to head back to school.  It was a very enjoyable and interesting experience.  We learnt a lot about John and his writing.  He is a fascinating and energetic man.  I particularly liked when he told us some stories because they were very imaginative.  We enjoyed the day very much.  It is a day we will never forget!.  by Éibhín Cronin

On Wednesday 9th of October 5th class went to Dunmanway Library.  We went to listen to John W Sexton.  He is an author, poet and scriptwriter.  He is 56 years old.  John was born in Limerick and reared in London, he now lives in Kenmare. Co. Kerry.  We set off to the library at 10.15.

When we arrived at the library John was there.  He welcomed us to the library.  Then another school came and we got started.  John told us his name and age.  He told us what he does.  He said he was a scriptwriter for RTE radio 1 and an author and a poet.  He spoke about his book called 'Johnny Coffin diaries'.  He read an extract out of the book.  he said he keeps his poems in his pockets, so he can improve the poems.  John has been publishing books for over thirty years.  His friend went to Kenya and when she came home she missed Kenya so much she asked him to write her a story about Kenya.  He searched the internet for Kenyan names and found a name for his book, he called his book Kadambee and Kivoolee.  John read the story to us and it was the best story he read us.  John said that writing can travel anywhere and even through time.  His books are translated into Italian and Serbian.  The way he reads his stories is so funny.  I really enjoyed it.

After an hour it was time to head back to school.  It was a great experience and really enjoyable.  He was so funny the way he read his stories.  It was the first time I ever went to the library and listened to an author.  My favourite part was when he read Kadambee and Kivoolee.  I would go again anyday.    by Ciara Aherne

On the 2nd October, 4th class headed off to Bandon Library to meet popular childrens author Michael Smith, author of 'The boss' and 'Ice Man'.  Michael delivered an interesting presentation all about Tom Crean and his explorations to the Antartic.  He welcomed questions from the children and gave autographs going home.  

It was an insightful visit for the children who discovered what it was like to be an author and also what it was like for Tom Crean in the Antartic.

4th Class visited Dunmanway library to meet with Dublin poet 'Tony Curtin'.  He spoke to the children about many poems he has written and engaged them in discussion about thinking creatively.  He showed them the cover of his new book 'Folks' which hasn't been published yet.

Sinéad Hurley was asked to be his helper and read a verse from one of his poems.  He then sang a few songs using his guitar and Niamh Collins sang 'Country Road'.  It was a throught-provoking day.

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