Readers' & Writers' Week Roundup

Readers' & Writers' Week Roundup

Readers’ & Writers’ Week 2017

Our 11th annual Readers' & Writers' Week took place from 23 – 27 October.  This special week is a festival of readers and reading, writers and writing, the written and spoken word and fun activities.  Enjoyed by all – students and staff alike - we immersed ourselves in talks and workshops, ‘Spelling Bees’, ‘Creative Writing’ competitions, ‘Art’ competitions, ‘The Great Book Bake Off’, 'Fiction Friday Fancy Dress' and much more.  What an enjoyable week!

A big ‘Thank You’ to our guests:

  • Mark Talbot & Mary McCarthy (MS Ireland) who visited during the week before our official Readers’ & Writers’ week.  They met with our 1st Years and gave a fascinating and moving insight into multiple sclerosis – in preparation for the 1st Year participation in this year’s MS ReadaThon.
  • Ré Ó Laighleis (writer) who entertained our 6th Years with great humour and moving readings from his works.
  • Oisín McGann  (writer & illustrator)  2nd Years were treated to a very humourous and interesting morning in the company of Oisín.  He also completed a fabulous drawing of one of his characters and gave it to the school.
  • Denise Deegan (writer) met with two of our 5th Year classes.  Denise’s latest book ‘Through the Barricades’ is a love story set in the years just before and during WWI.   Denise also conducted a short workshop containing many useful tips for their own creative writing. 
  • Deirdre Sullivan (writer) visited two 5th Year classes and has recently won the Irish Book Award for her book ‘Tangleweed and Brine’ in the Young Adult category.  Her passion and good humour made for a very lively and hugely enjoyable afternoon talk.
  • Colin Keegan (performance poet / former Writer in residence DLRCO) spent the final day of the week with us and conducted a series of poetry workshops with our 3rd Years.  The interactive workshops captivated and carried the students through composing their own work and producing a poetry which everyone shared with the group.
  • Claire Keegan (award-winning writer) visited the school just after mid-term.  She read from her remarkable book ‘Foster’, currently being studied by our 5th Years.  There was then a lively Q & A session.  It was a pleasure to be in the audience for Claire’s inspiring talk.
  • Niall de Búrca (storyteller) is no stranger to our school.  We were delighted to welcome him once again on Fiction Friday and we were not disappointed.  His wonderfully atmospheric performances had us at times laughing, at others nervously balanced on the edge of our seats.  A fitting end to our week!!

R & W Week Competitions

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

1st

Eva Stewart  (2 Ward)

 

2nd

Louisa Jiang  (2 Ward)

 

   

Poetry

1st

Ruth Sampson  (2 Poyntz)

 

2nd

Finola Doyle  (2 Ward)

Art Competitions

My Favourite Book

1st

Finola Doyle  (2 Ward)

 

2nd

Polly Buckley  (2 Rookwood)

 

3rd

Aoibhin Brennan  (2 Rookwood)

 

4th

Amelie Cojocaru  (2 Poyntz)

 

   

‘One’ Book Cover (judged by the author)

Joint Winner

Nicole Treacey  (4O)

 

Joint Winner

Jessica Barry  (2 Poyntz)

Great Book Bake-Off Competition

Senior Group

1st

Niamh Sheehan  (6A)  &  Emily O’Neill  (6C)

 

   

Junior Group

1st

Laura Glynn  &  Andreea Crowe  (2 Ward)

 

2nd

Ruth Colbert  &  Lara Cluskey  (1 Babthorpe)

 

   

Junior Individual

1st

Isabelle de la Fonteijne  (2 Poyntz)

 

2nd

Jessica Oakley O’Kelly  (2 Babthorpe)

 

3rd

Zara Berstock  (2 Poyntz)

Spelling Bee Competitions

Senior  (5th & 6th Year)

1st

Emma Dunne  (6E)

 

2nd

Cathy Culligan  (6C)

 

   

Junior  (2nd & 3rd Year)

1st

Polly Buckley  (2 Rookwood)

 

2nd

Ruth Sampson  (2 Poyntz)

 

   

1st Year

1st

Sienna O’Riordan  (1 Ward)

 

2nd

Lauren Walsh  (1 Rookwood)

 

   

 

   

Fancy Dress

Individual

1st

Caragh McGowan  (1 Poyntz)

 

2nd

Sabrina Luong  (2 Babthorpe)

 

   

Group

 

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