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TRiCC Public Talk with Laureate na nÓg - Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan


Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Graduates Memorial Building, Trinity College Dublin

The Trinity Research in Childhood Centre was delighted to present Sarah Crossan, Laureate na nÓg for an intimate lunchtime event.

Award-winning poet, novelist, and Laureate na nÓg, Sarah Crossan joined Dr Jane Carroll (School of English) for a conversation about children's books, the joys of reading and writing poetry, and Sarah's theme as Laureate na nÓg — #WeAreThePoets — a two-year project inspiring young people to express themselves through poetry and verse. Sarah also shared extracts from her brand-new novel Toffee.

Sarah Crossan, author and Laureate na nÓg

Sarah Crossan is a poet and novelist, best known for her verse novels for young adults. In May 2018, she was appointed Ireland’s fifth Laureate na nÓg. Sarah lived in Dublin until she was six years-old when her family emigrated to the UK. After studying at The University of Warwick and The University of Cambridge, she worked as an English teacher for ten years, in both England and the US, before becoming a full-time writer.

Sarah’s novels The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain were shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CBI Book of the Year Award. In 2016, her verse novel One won the CILIP Carnegie Medal, as well as The Bookseller YA Book Prize, the CLiPPA Poetry Award, and many other awards. In 2017, Sarah published We Come Apart, a collaboration with Costa Children’s Book Award winner Brian Conaghan, which was also shortlisted for several awards. Sarah’s novel Moonrise won the Children’s Choice Award at the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2018. Her new novel Toffee was published in May 2019. Sarah’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and her debut, The Weight of Water, has been adapted for the stage four times.

Link to Laureate na nÓg website

For more information, contact event organiser, Asst Prof Jane Suzanne Carroll