One of my favourite parts of being a writer is talking to young readers about my work. Every week I visit 1 or 2 schools or libraries to talk to students. Here’s the diary of one of those trips.
7am Get up and walk dog – I always pack my bag the night before my event. I have all kinds of things in my green event bag – books, photos, toy whales.
8am Say goodbye to my dog, Lucky and get on the road in my Mini Cooper. Yes, I have the same car as Clover in the Ask Amy Green books!
10.00am Arrive in Loughboy Library in Kilkenny and set up for my first event with the children from St John of God’s National School.
Can you spot the whale and dolphin models? There’s a shark in there too – his tail goes from side to side, as he’s a fish. Sea mammals’ tails go up and down.
10am to 11.30am Talk to the students about growing up (I was late to reading and I talk about this and how having heart and grit are more important than being top of the class), my favourite books, how I became a writer and sea mammals. They ask me some great questions about writing, publishing and whales and dolphins. We do a sea mammal quiz – teachers against the pupils – and the pupils win!
My latest book (out in March) called Aurora and the Popcorn Dolphin is all about a dolphin and I have a huge love for sea mammals, especially bottlenosed dolphins and humpback whales. I spent 2 years researching it and I’m still reading up about these amazing creatures. I don’t think I’ll ever know enough about them and new discoveries are made all the time.
12.00 to 1.15 Here I am talking to the second school, Gael Scoil Osraí about my school days. I’m holding a copy book from when I was 5! Their teachers were pretty smart and when it came to the quiz they drew with the pupils (who are also very smart). This gang were particularly talented at singing humpback whale – it was a beautiful symphony of strange wailing and snorting noises!
1.30pm Hop in the car again after grabbing a sandwich and drive home again.
3.30 Arrive home and say hello to Lucky and the kids.
Writers, do YOU enjoy school visits?
Readers, has a writer visited YOUR school? I’d love to know all about it.
Yours in books,