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A blog by Down The Rabbit Hole

Down The Rabbit Hole is a blog all about writing for children. It's run by Olivia Hope and Niamh Garvey. :

Olivia Hope is a children’s writer from Killarney, Co. Kerry.
She was once a hammer thrower, Sometimes a teacher of all subjects; from English to ice-cream making, And has worked in a variety scenarios, from nurseries (plants and children, although not at the same time, unless you count the daffodil incident) to nursing homes. She is unreasonably fond of cheese, French Fancies and is prone to cartwheels. She writes for all ages, and her picturebook “Be Wild” will be published by Bloomsbury in Spring 2018. Follow her on Twitter @OliviaMHope or her blog oliviahopeandtheimaginationstation.wordpress.com

Niamh Garvey loves everything to do with children’s books; from reading them, to writing them, and even to smelling them. Except for really boring books… she doesn’t even smell those. She writes stories for children and young adults, plus poetry for adults. She wrote the storyboard for the childrens storybook app “A Raindrop’s Tale” published by Gramercy Consultants on iTunes. She is working towards her dream of getting a novel published. Niamh is a full-time mum and a part-time nurse, living in Cork. She thinks stories are the best way to discover the world, and possibly the only place children should be encouraged to get lost in. Follow Niamh on twitter @msniamhgarvey or on her blog niamhgarvey.com

You can follow online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Picturing that picture book.

Posted by Down The Rabbit Hole on 26 April 2017.

  I love picture books. In bookshops, I stand in front of the children’s section like a 1950s kid, seeing a display of colour TVs for the first time. I love the immediacy of the story, how quickly you get ‘hit’ by it – the lettering, the cover, the characters, the art. The only thing about picture books that makes me grimace is that people assume; a) they are easy to write b) that anyone...

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Is Writing For Children Easier Than Writing For Adults?

Posted by Down The Rabbit Hole on 5 April 2017.

By Niamh Garvey   I’ve often gotten the impression that some people think it’s easier to write a children’s book, than to write one for adults. Do they think that children are an easier audience? That you can get away with mediocre writing because kids don’t know the difference? Sure, anyone can write the next Harry Potter, can’t they? Wrong. Writing for children is as hard, or harder, than writing for adults in so many...

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