I’ve been doing a series of schools and library visits in the last couple of months, talking about my novel, a little about 1916 and history in general and doing some writing exercises with the kids. All in all it’s been great fun and really surprising to find how engaged children can be with writing and literature.
On 27th April I visited Scoil na Mainistreach in Celbridge, Co. Kildare and met with three fifth classes there who were extremely enthusiastic and had great questions for me. One of the teachers there, Julie Holmes, was good enough to send on this message to me at the weekend.
“The boys in 5th class really enjoyed your visit. We managed to finish your wonderful novel in record time! We found it to be a gripping and very sensitively written book. The boys from my class have written some reviews and reports about your workshop on our blog. You might like to have a look http://scoilnamainistreachbns.weebly.com/5th-class
I will definitely be including The Rising Son amongst my class novels for next year.”
I am very grateful to the teachers and the boys for taking the time to write these reviews and reports on my visit. Getting such positive feedback from readers has to be the best thing about having a book out! Thanks guys!