The Big Picture Podcast – Episode 5 with Chris Judge

As part of his programme as Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch has begun filming a series of podcasts, called The Big Picture, where he discusses children’s books in general, and children’s book illustration in particular. In the first two episodes, PJ demonstrates various approaches to drawing using charcoal and discusses how he illustrated the Laureate anthology, Once upon a .

The Big Picture – Episodes 3 and 4

PJ Lynch has completed two more episodes of his Big Picture podcast series. Episode 3 sees PJ Lynch interviewing internationally renowned illustrator Sarah McIntyre, who he met recently at Listowel Writers Week. You can watch the episode The Big Picture Podcast – Episode 3: Episode 4 was partially filmed during PJ’s appearance alongside author Siobhán Parkinson at the Hay .

PJ Lynch announced as Laureate na nÓg

PJ Lynch announced as Laureate na nÓg by President Michael D. Higgins. Today, Tuesday 17th May, 2016, author and illustrator PJ Lynch was announced as the fourth Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature, at a special event at the Arts Council’s offices in Merrion Square. The announcement was made by President Michael D. Higgins.


One of Eoin Colfer’s most exciting legacy projects as Laureate na nÓg is Seanachaí, a storytelling project that is taking place as part of the 1916 commemorations. While Eoin’s Once upon a Place programme saw him and a group of storytellers travelling around Ireland bringing their own stories to audiences of children throughout the country, Seanachaí is designed to .

Greystones celebrates Once upon A Place

Thursday 25th February sees literary events take over Greystones, with all welcome! At Greystones library from 10.30 am until 12.30pm professional illustrators and those keen to publish their own work for children are invited to join award-winning illustrator, picturebook maker, author and Greystones resident Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick for a masterclass. This session will cover Marie-Louise’s professional background, working life and .

Reader’s Review of Once upon a Place: Conn Ó Cléirigh

Thanks very much to Conn, aged 11, for sending us his review of the new Once upon a Place anthology. Here’s a picture of him on launch-night. I love this book because I think it’s great to have a different author for each story. It means that the stories were all really different. I liked the introduction because I .