On 17 May 2018, Sarah Crossan was named by President Michael D. Higgins as Ireland’s fifth Laureate na nÓg at the Arts Council in Dublin. Sarah is a poet and novelist, who writes for teenagers and young adults. It was a fantastic day. We caught up with old friends and made some new ones too. Thank you to the .
What a ball we had at Dublin Book Festival 2017! It was our biggest Big Picture yet, we completed three giant picture walls over three days with lots of hard work and inspiration from some of Ireland’s best and most loved children’s book illustrators. So a huge thank you to Niamh Sharkey, Chris Judge, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Alan Clarke and .
On Friday 20 October we began our childrens’ workshops with the fantastic Fighting Words in Dublin. The children wrote and illustrated the first chapter of a story called “The Search”. It’s got nuns and runaways, and it’s a real page turner. Chapters Two, Three and Four will be completed by children at Fighting Words workshops in Wicklow, Cork and .
Last month the Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs visited Ireland. PJ and Leigh met at the Bologna Book Fair in April and really hit it off. He invited Leigh to visit Ireland and take part in a series of events celebrating children’s picture books. Together they held a morning of workshops at Ballyholme Primary School in Bangor Co. Down, .
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 .
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 .
Episode 2 of Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch’s podcast about all things children’s illustration and children’s books.
The first episode of a regular series of podcasts by Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch where he talks about the art of book illustration, children’s books and literature and visual storytelling.
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.