Children’s author Pauline Devine visited the school in November to speak to the4th, 5th & 6th class students about her books and the life of an author.
Her novel, Best Friends (8-11 years) published in 1993 was translated into Norwegian and Swedish. It is about Sarah who gets what she most wants in life – a pony- and hopes it will win her new friends.
Riders By The Grey Lake (Children’s Press, 1996) is a novel about pony kids Eithne and Mandy whose main interest is winning for their school team and who have little time for green issues until a mining company drills holes into their Granny’s mountain farm and Eithne sees a boy emerging from the lake on a mysterious white horse. Forces are at work that both attract and threaten ( 9-12 years ).
In Best Friends Again (1999) Sarah discovers she has an older sister she was never told about and what that means for herself and those she cares about.
A captivating story for for younger first readers (6-8 year olds) includesThe Hungry Horse(Children’s Press, 2002). Once upon a time, in the beautiful Land of In Between, there lived a wise old king, but when the king died, leaving his kingdom divided between his two sons, Huff and Puff, trouble arose. They quarreled, partitioned the kingdom, and put up a great border between them. When King Huff’s horse is put under a spell and changed, only Peaky with the aid of Princess Pom Pom, King Puff’s daughter, can save him.
MAMÓ AGUS AN PEILEADÓIR (Coiscéim 2011) é a céad leabhar i nGaeilge. Léaráidí le Eithne Ní Dhúgáin. Tá Ciara ag dul ar saoire lena seanmháthair agus a máthair, ach b’fhearr léi féin a bheith ag imirt peile. Ach buaileann sí le cairde nua ar an oileán, agus bíonn an-sport acu le chéile. Cailleann sí liathróid bhreá a dearthár, áfach, agus tá brón an domhain uirthi.Tagann a mamó i gcabhair uirthi, mar tá aithne aici ar dhaoine an-spéisiúla. Ní raibh súil ag Ciara leis, ach tuigeann sí go bhruil rudaí le foghlaim aici óna mamó.(Coiscéim, 2011.)
Pauline spoke to the 4th, 5th & 6th class pupils about what life is like being an author. She told the students that they need to be very organised and persistent when working as an author and that every bad thing that happens in the world can be made into a story. Pauline read a few excerpts from her books to the students and then the students had a chance to ask questions like “What inspired you to become an author?”, “Where do you get your ideas from?” and one interested girl asked “What is the best/worst thing about being an author?”. The pupils were very interested to hear that Pauline who is originally from Galway loved to write from a young age. Pauline explained that she needs to have peace and quiet to write and that she usually writes in an old limestone house with thick walls to keep out the noise, some of the pupils agreed and commented that it was much easier to write when there was no noise to distract them. She also advised them that keeping a journal would help with coming up with ideas, and stressed the importance of a plan when writing a story.
We hope that some of the boys and girls will be inspired to becoming great authors. In fact, Scoil Aonghusa C.N.S pupils did very well in a local writing competition recently, 5th Class pupil Ryan Kilgore won 1st Prize and 9 other pupils had their work published.
Tadhg reading ‘Riders By The Grey Lake’ Jorja reading ‘Best Friends’