Patricia Forde to give aspiring Limerick authors a big hand

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

Patricia Forde to give aspiring Limerick authors a big hand

Galway children’s author Patricia Forde

RENOWNED children’s author Patricia Forde says that those working in her business must “never talk down” to their audience.

Instead the Galway author, who will appear at a number of events for the Lime Tree backed Bualadh Bos children’s festival this October, says those writing for kids should always “talk up” to their audience.

“They are able for huge ideas,” she says simply.

Ms Forde, who has written books and television programmes for children including Mise Agus An Dragún and the Frogs Do Not Like Dragons books, plus her first novel The Wordsmith – which won a White Raven award – will take part in a workshop in the Belltable on October 15.

Entitled Writing for Children and Teens and Getting Published, it also features writer and Bualadh Bos curator Sarah Webb, plus Gráinne Clear from Little Island Publishers. It is intended to offer advice to aspiring authors.

“We will be talking about my own experience, because I write picture books as well as novels, and a lot of people have questions,” she said.

“Everybody wants to know how to get an agent and a publisher – what are the rule of engagement, and I think when you are starting off and you don’t know those things, you can waste so much of your time doing the wrong thing. A good yarn is most important.”

Ms Forde will also journey to a school in Limerick where she will read some of her works for kids aged between 6 and 8 years old.

She says it is “great to see Bualadh Bos happening, and there is a huge hunger for it in the country – parents want to bring their kids to festivals and enjoy the whole atmosphere of them I think”.

This is the third year of Bualadh Bos, which was a cornerstone of venue manager Louise Donlon's vision for the theatre when it opened. It is the most successful legacy project from City of Culture in 2014 and boasts a variety of events - theatre, music, workshops and literature.

After a focus in the first year on theatre and music in 2015, this year Ms Webb came on board to really focus on literature for children, and there is a full weekend of activities around authors on the weekend of October 15 and 16.

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