Congratulations to Máire Zepf! 24 May 2017 – Posted in: News

We at Cois Life would like to congratulate one of our authors, Máire Zepf, on her recent appointment as the first Children’s Writing Fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in Queen’s University Belfast. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has created the new post in a hope to encourage the creation and development of writing talent among the youth of today.

The role will last for a two year period and one of its key functions is the emphasize the importance of reading and writing for children.

Máire is an established author of children’s books, hailing from the town of Holywood in Armagh originally. She has written several books in Irish, including Tubaiste ar an Titanic, Lá leis na Lochlannaigh and Ná Gabh ar Scoil. Ná Gabh ar Scoil has received widespread acclaim, so much so that is has seen both Korean and English translations published. The latter is set to be released in North America this year. Máire has other writing projects in the works at the moment, and she intends carry on with them in her new role.

Catherine Heaney, daughter of the late Seamus Heaney, has expressed her gratitude regarding the new appointment, saying that it is an fitting tribute to her father. Máire has been put forward as a contestant at the annual Children’s Books Ireland Awards, and she remains optimistic and about the part she will play in her new posting:

‘I’m looking forward to tapping into that wonderful energy that is already there in the world of children’s books, joining dots between organisations and individuals and forging new collaborations.’

‘It will be about shining a spotlight on the talent we already have in the local children’s writing community and inspiring a love of reading and books far and wide.’

‘But most importantly of all, it will be about bringing the buzz of the creative process into schools to develop our youngest writers, sparking their imaginations and nurturing their confidence.’

You can read the full article here on the website of Queen’s University Belfast>>

You can watch a Máire being interviewed here from 10:00 onwards:

We wish Máire all the best in this exciting new adventure she is undertaking!

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