As a member of the Booktrust Bookbuzz Reading Programme, St Dominic’s was one of only four schools from Northern Ireland to be invited to meet with award-winning author and Laureate na nÓg, Sarah Crossan.
On 30th November 2018 we went to the Ormeau Baths Gallery and Workspace to take part in a workshop and hear Sarah Crossan speak about her writing, inspirations and experiences. In partnership with Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Booktrust aim to encourage a love of reading. St Dominc’s promotes reading through our Key Stage 3 participation of Bookbuzz selected books and purchases books for junior reading every year. Sarah Crossan shared her love of poetry with the pupils and invited participation in discussion about her choice of poetry in long form. She has used this from in her very popular previous books, including The Weight of Water and One.
Each pupil in 10 A received a free copy of Sarah’s latest book, Moonrise, in advance of our visit to the Ormeau Baths. Kathy Dunseath from the Schools’ Library Service came to St Dominc’s in November to distribute the books and to tell us about supporting material, discussion forums and a creative writing competition all on the educational website, Fronter, available on every school account. On the day the winners of the competition were announced including Kearna Donnelly, who received a signed copy of Sarah Crossan’s Carnegie Medal winning book, One. There was also the opportunity for our pupils to chat to Sarah individually and in small groups and ask her questions about herself and her writing. They were all delighted to have Sarah sign their complimentary copies of Moonrise. This was a lovely opportunity for Year 10 pupils to closely engage with the writing process and they thoroughly enjoying meeting Sarah Crossan.