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A blog by Sarah Fitzgerald

Ink Stains is our blog dedicated to younger writers. Run by Book Ambassador Sarah Fitzgerald who attends Kinsale Community School in County Cork. To contact Sarah, email contact@writing.ie or visit her own blog www.sarahsbookproject.com

My name is Sarah Fitzgerald and I an honoured to be able to share with you everything I know about reading via this blog!! I completed a project for the BT Young Scientist 2018 entitled "A statistical investigation into the decline in reading among Ireland's youth and how we can prevent this from impacting future generations" and this has taught me a lot about the importance of reading, which will feature a lot in my posts. For any of you who are curious about my project, see www.sarahsbookproject.com. Don't forget to read read read!

You can follow Sarah online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Introducing Sarah Fitzgerald

Posted by Sarah Fitzgerald on 20 June 2018.

Ink Stains is our blog dedicated to younger writers. Run by Book Ambassador Sarah Fitzgerald who attends Kinsale Community School in County Cork. To contact Sarah, email contact@writing.ie or visit her own blog www.sarahsbookproject.com

K’in Literary Journal Looking for Young Writers

Posted by EKTobin on 9 June 2018.

K’in is looking for young writers — age 12 to 17 — to submit to the journal. Terms and Conditions General We publish two issues a year, online only—May and November —and have reading periods from November 1-March 31 and June 1-September 30. Submissions are accepted only through Submittable. Please include a brief cover letter and bio of not more than 50 words (See below if you’re unfamiliar with writing a bio.). For all submissions,...

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An Tanaiste Simon Coveney TD meets with book ambassador Sarah

Posted by EKTobin on 7 May 2018.

Sarah Fitzgerald aged 14 from Kinsale Community School who presented a government submission to An Tanaiste Simon Coveney TD and Senator Tim Lombard around her award winning literacy research promoting children to read books. One of her ten key recommendations includes an Irish book trust scheme where every child aged 6 months in Ireland gets a box of books. www.sarahsbookproject.com  She is shortly to meet with the Oireachtas Education & Skills Committee to discuss her...

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Write Here Write Now Shortlist Announced

Posted by EKTobin on 30 April 2018.

Ahead of an awards ceremony next month, the finalists for 2018’s Write Her Write Now competition, on the theme of Social Media: A Writer’ Tale, has been announced. The first bit of good news is that this year’s competition received an incredible response, with students all over the island entering in huge numbers. That, of course, made the job of the judges a very difficult one – but we wouldn’t have it any other way! The second...

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Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize: Published, Unpublished & Up To 21

Posted by EKTobin on 1 March 2018.

It’s the final week for publishers and authors to submit their entries for 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize – the deadline is the 12th March. This is of particular importance to those publishers and agents seeking to submit entries by post. The prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English, including published and unpublished authors, and seeks to support and celebrate the best new adventure writing. See full details on criteria...

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The Happy Girl by Cecelia Low Chai Chin

Posted by EKTobin on 27 January 2018.

We received the lovely story below from Cecelia Low Chai Chin and decided to share it here. Cecelia is thirteen this year and she lives in Malaysia, Penang. She is currently studying at SMJK Sacred Heart and her hobbies are reading, singing, dancing, and drawing. She aspires to be an author. The Happy Girl A long time ago, there lived a very happy girl. No matter how much you tried to make her mad or sad, she...

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Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Competition

Posted by EKTobin on 22 January 2018.

Competition deadline: 28th April 2018 Lune Spark are looking for talented young writers like you for the 2018 Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Competition. Think you can write a wonderful story in 1,500 words or less? $2,700 cash prizes including Online-only & On-the-Spot contests. Up to 25 stories will be published on Amazon.com and Kindle through Lune Spark Books’ independent publishing. Winners in both categories will have option to enrol in free (remote) novel-writing workshops....

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Kinsale Student Sarah Fitzgerald Investigates Decline in Reading Among Children

Posted by EKTobin on 10 January 2018.

13-year-old Kinsale Community School Student and Kinsale native, Sarah Fitzgerald is a finalist in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the junior social and behavioural sciences category.  Her project is entitled “A Statistical Investigation Into the Decline In Reading Among Ireland’s Youth and How We Can Prevent This From Impacting Future Generations.”  This follows Sarah’s appearance on The Late Late Toy Show in December 2017 where she was selected to review the best selling children’s...

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Help Late Late’s Rebel Sarah Win BT Young Scientist

Posted by EKTobin on 18 December 2017.

This picture is of Sarah Fitzgerald, aged 13 from Kinsale, with her little brother Cillian, aged 9, in the RTE Green Room prior to the Late Late Toy Show, the highest viewed show in Ireland this year. Her dreams came true to discuss her passion for books and was delighted to win a trip to UK publishing house WALKER BOOKS – the world’s leading independent publisher of children’s books. She brilliantly reviewed THE SENSATIONAL NO.1...

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Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2018 Open for Applications

Posted by EKTobin on 13 November 2017.

As part of the 2017 Robert Louis Stevenson Day celebrations, Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce that the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship for professional writers is now open for applications. Scotland-based writers, who would benefit from time away from their usual environment to develop their work, are encouraged to apply. The Fellowship was initiated in 1994 by Franki Fewkes, a Scottish Robert Louis Stevenson enthusiast then living in France, and is supported by Creative...

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