Hooray for the wonderful Crumlin teachers. Hospital can be a scary place for the most seasoned grown-up. How much more so for children. They’re away from friends, family and pets and surrounded by strange people, smells, food, conversations, bedclothes and the rest. While there’s clearly a huge effort to make Crumlin a welcoming place, with […]
What does an old lady living in a hole in a riverbank nearly 5,000 miles away have in common with an Irish teenager? What challenges or feelings could they possibly share? You’d be amazed. When secondary school pupils in Dublin hear about Bal Kumari, the grandmother who was thrown out of her home in rural […]
Well the problem for me, anyway. Not for Martha Kearney whose TV documentary on Saturday explored The Secret World of Lewis Carroll. Nor for her interviewees, including Philip Pullman and Will Self, or the millions of other fans who’ve made sure the book’s stayed in print ever since its publication 150 years ago. With more […]
What a mad idea. Imagine trying to scrape words off the page with a knife and spread them on your root vegetable. Www.phrases.org.uk tells us it dates from the 17th century when mashed parsnips were an English staple and so dull they needed ‘buttering up’. It was such a common cookery trick that the English were called butter-stinkers […]
Let’s hear it for libraries! Where better to stick your head on a wet afternoon than inside a book inside a library? The Reading Champions initiative, launched at Dublin City Library, celebrates reading and libraries with the help of TV personalities, sports men and women, not to mention the odd (if not very) author. Primary […]
Great fun at the Linenhall Theatre, Castlebar on World Book Day yesterday, during the ‘We ‘♥’ Books tour. To four schools (including the huggy-named Snugboro) Alan Nolan, Sarah Webb and I talked about the wonders of books, comics and stories. Sarah told us about her favourite books growing up, and the tragic tale of a […]
Debbie is part of the We Love Books tour. She will be in Newbridge on 3rd March and Castlebar on 6th March, before the launch of her new book “Monkie Business” on 8th March at the National Library in Dublin from 10:30am.
Happy 23rd April. This Tuesday marks St George’s Day, the 397th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare and Cervantes, and of course World Book Night. Thousands of volunteers all over Ireland, the USA and the UK, will be handing out free books to encourage reading. Celbridge is going local too. Members of Cultivate Celbridge will […]