They loved those stories but of course, that was because they were all in them.
WRITING CHILDREN’S STORIES
Writing children’s stories was never an ambition of mine – but it changed one day when I heard someone reading a children’s story on the radio.
To be honest I thought it was awful.
It sounded like an adult story that had been adapted for children by adding a heavy load of ‘meaning and learning.’ This made the story dull and lifeless.
I found myself thinking that surely I could do better so I gave it a go and found I loved writing it.
That first story was published in an Irish magazine called Ireland’s Own.
There’s nothing like a little bit of success to inspire and soon I was writing more children’s stories and thoroughly enjoying the process.
After writing within the tight constraints of television and film the freedom suited me and I loved letting my imagination fly.
WRITING CHILDREN’S STORIES FOR RADIO
Soon I was writing regularly for a children’s radio series on Ireland’s RTE One. I aimed at writing fun, contemporary, realistic stories which explored themes relevant to today’s children.
I was determined to make the children and families in my stories real and I wanted to deal with family conflict and problems in a natural way that children and their parents can recognize.
But, most of all I wanted to encourage children to read. To get children reading, stories also have to be fun and entertaining.
At the time I sold my stories to the radio station I gave them the rights to two broadcasts. When the rights reverted to me I decided to publish them as books.
At first, I published them as individual stories but recently I decided to put them together in one book as a collection.
WHEN THINGS GO WONKY
• Coping with a new baby in the family
• When parents divorce
• Conflict in the family
• Loss of a grandparent.
The themes are dealt with from the child’s point of view and the stories are helpful to parents who wish to discuss these problems with their children.
CHILDREN’S STORIES FROM BALLYYAHOO
Recently I also decided to bring together another collection of my children’s stories.
All these stories are set in the fictional world of Ballyyahoo.
WHERE IS BALLYYAHOO?
In writing these stories I am very influenced by my beautiful surroundings here in County Galway and Ballyyahoo is very much about life in the countryside.
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