Sarah Crossan is Ireland’s Fifth Laureate na nÓg
Sarah Crossan, poet and novelist, has been appointed today as is Ireland’s fifth Laureate na nÓg and will hold the title from 2018 until 2020. The One author taking over from illustrator P J Lynch.
Her theme as Laureate will be #WeAreThePoets, a two-year project inspiring young people to express themselves through poetry and verse. Sarah has a particular interest in working with marginalised communities. Under the #WeAreThePoets banner she will collaborate with a team of writers to deliver workshops, as well as a national event showcasing the young voices that have participated in her Laureate project.
Laureate na nÓg is an exciting project recognising the role and importance of literature for children. It is an initiative of the Arts Council with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Children’s Books Ireland, The Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Poetry Ireland. The honour has been established to engage young people with high quality literature and to underline the importance of children’s literature in our cultural and imaginative life.
Sheila Pratschke, chair of the Arts Council, said: “Since the appointment of our first Laureate na nÓg in 2010, children all across Ireland and around the world have benefited from the dynamism and commitment of these artists, who have already inspired new generations of readers, writers and illustrators. We are honoured that the widely celebrated author Sarah Crossan is our fifth Laureate na nÓg.
“A fearless and innovative writer, her work is truly breathtaking and her love of literature is simply infectious. Whether through verse or prose, Sarah is constantly breaking new ground in contemporary literature and we are excited to see how she applies her passion for the written and spoken word to this initiative.”
Crossan described the inauguration ceremony as the “proudest moment of my career”. She said: “Over my two-year term I want to show young people that poetry is an art form that truly belongs to them and therefore bring verse into their daily lives – to get them reading, writing and performing poems with passion and confidence. I will work with successful poets to bring verse alive, especially to those young people who may previously have felt art was not something they could own. I will create a social media campaign to involve as many young people from across the country as possible.”
Sarah lived in Dublin until she was six-years-old when her family emigrated to the UK. In 2016, Sarah’s verse novel One (Bloomsbury) won the CILIP Carnegie Medal and CBI Book of the Year Award as well as The Bookseller YA Book Prize, the CLiPPA Poetry Award, and many other awards. The author is also in the running for YA Book Prize 2018 for Moonrise (Bloomsbury), which has been shortlisted for various other novels.
Receiving the honour from President Higgins at The Arts Council, in Merrion Square, Sarah explains more here:
Follow the Sarah’s activities in her new role on Facebook here.