2018 - Write a book Project

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16th April 2018

What a wonderful year of books! I was able to have a look at some of the ones that were chosen as Merits and I wish I could remember the names of their writers, because I bet some of them will be published in the years to come!

Around the time Stephen Hawkins died, a book about the universe, written by Isabelle Murphy, from St Coen's National School, came into my hands.  Isabelle's book had been chosen as a Merit, among Ms Keane's class (how difficult it must have been for the reader who chose it, because all the books were so wonderful!).  

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up.     Stephen Hawking

Details of Ceremony times on Monday 23rd April 2018 are as follows:

1st  and 2nd Classes: Registration at 3.30, Ceremony at 4.00 pm
3rd and 4th Classes:  Registration at 5.00, Ceremony at 5.30 pm
5th and 6th Classes:  Registration at 6.30, Ceremony at  7.00 pm

Children will be collecting their Merit books when registering.  Please ensure you give yourselves enough time.

The venue is the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co Dublin

16th January 2018

Dear Diary,

My computer was replaced over the Christmas holidays so I did not get a chance to update you on my progress.  Santa came and left a few books behind for me, plus a Kindle that is being stuffed with e-books.

Talking about books, there is an email out there asking to check the list of registered teachers participating in the Project.  I know how important it is to make sure that every teacher bringing books is in the list for exchanges on the 8th February! Otherwise, we all have to wait until the details are entered by hand...

20th November 2017

Dear Diary,

Last night I was having my dinner in the pub with the family, actively trying to avoid looking at the football match on the screen, when I saw a bus passing by advertising a new movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas.  Well, with only 35 days to Christmas, it looks very appropriate!  What was that effect called??? Ah, oui: mise-en-abyme!  Well, ok, not really, as this will be a book within a story within a movie... Still, that kind of theme is always interesting.  I wonder if any of the books from the Write a book Project will pick up on the idea...

3rd November 2017

Dear Diary,

I didn't know November was "National Novel Writing Month", or #NaNoWriMo as it’s known online.  I found a very interesting article about it, from JSTOR.  OK, it is about writing a novel by novel writers, but I am sure among those words there will be something that the teachers and the children can apply for the Project.

1st November 2017

Dear Diary,

It is nearly the end of the mid-term break and, as the golden leaves cover the sides of the roads, it is time to think again (for some) on the Write a book Project.

So far, all the schools that participated last year and those in the Blackrock Education Centre's catchment area have received the following email:

And it seems that, by now, 20 schools, or one hundred and twenty-five teachers, are already ruminating what they'll be doing.

I wonder how many books are there already in the planning process...

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