TALENTED third class pupils from a school in Ballyfermot have just become published authors after their collection of short stories appeared in a new book.
There were huge celebrations, pride and plenty of emotion as the girls from third class at St Louise de Marillac Primary School launched ‘A World Of Imagination’ in front of a crowd packed with proud family and friends.
The girls had taken part in the Emu Ink Schools’ Publishing Programme, which aims to give each and every child the chance to have her story featured in a published book.
Principal of St Louise’s, Kathryn Crowley who hails from Knocklyon, was thrilled for her school to participate and spoke of her delight to see so many students engage their creativity and embrace the programme.
She said: “The Emu Ink Schools’ Publishing Programme has been a really positive experience for us. It gave our children a real and authentic audience for their writing.
“The fact that they were going to become published authors really spurred them on and encouraged them to do their very best work.
“We hope that this programme will spur the students on to do even greater things in the world of literature and publishing. We hope that this is the first of many anthologies and that this will become a tradition in our school.”
Emu Ink founder Emer Cleary said it was an “absolute pleasure” to attend the launch on Friday afternoon and she praised the hard-work and dedication of the students as well as their principal and teachers in following the online course and producing a fantastic anthology.
Emer added: “The idea of the Emu Ink Schools’ Publishing Programme is that the pupils are taken on a journey; one that sees them not only write the content of the book but edit their work and proof-read it for print.
“‘A World of Imagination’ by the students of St Louise’s, is a book indicative of limitless imagination and talent.
“They have done an amazing job, I am proud to be their publisher.”
For more information about the Emu Ink Schools’ Publishing Programme visit www.emucourses.ie