Friday, January 3, 2014

Time to Nominate Ireland's Next Childrens Laureate!

Believe it or not, it's time to submit nominations for Ireland's next Laureate na nÓg (CHildren's Laureate.) The next Laureate will be the third in line, following in the footsteps of Siobhan Parkinson and the incumbent, Niamh Sharkey.
"Sarah Bannan, the Arts Council’s Head of Literature, says, ‘Laureate na nÓg is Ireland’s highest honour for a writer or illustrator of children’s books and was established by the Arts Council in order to celebrate the extraordinary talents of our writers and illustrators. Through this appointment and the Arts Council’s wider strategy for children’s literature, we are working to broaden and enrich young people’s imaginative worlds and to highlight the importance of Irish children’s literature, writers and illustrators in our society.’"
And as we prepare to select our third Laureate nanÓg, people of all ages, all over Ireland have the opportunity for the first time to help decide which Irish author or illustrator will be the next to be honoured with this prestigious (and very busy) honour. Nomination forms should be submitted by the 15th of February and are available in the CBI website. 
So, go to the website, fill out the form and get your submissions in. 
To help you out, here's the link:
http://www.childrensbooksireland.ie/blog/you-can-nominate-our-next-laureate/

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