Read DL is poetry in motion
OVER 2,000 people
across Donegal are setting off on a poetic journey
this spring with the launch of Read DL 2020. The
"One Book, One Community" reading initiative has
teamed up with the office of the Laureate na nÓg to
deliver a twist to their annual reading adventure
with an aim to spark an interest in poetry.
The current Laureate na nÓg, Sarah Crossan is a
renowned poet and fiction author for children and
young adults with Donegal roots. Under the
partnership, five workshops will be delivered in
primary schools across Donegal where local poet
Denise Blake will work with children to create their
own poems. A select number of these poems will be
read aloud to the audience at the Read DL closing
ceremony at the Balor at the end of March.
Local poet, Denise Blake, reading
from this year’s chosen book, 'Hopscotch in the
This year, Read DL is
celebrating 10 years of partnership between the
stakeholders involved. Good working relationships
have been established with the common aim of
building a sense of community while promoting the
value of reading and literacy.
This year's chosen book is 'Hopscotch in the Sky' by
Lucinda Jacob which is a beautifully written
accessible collection of poems. Lucinda is a poet,
illustrator and author of fiction for young people.
This beautiful book also includes a rainbow of
enchanting illustration by award-winning
artist Lauren O’Neill.
Speaking on behalf of the Read DL committee at the
launch, Karen Sheehy Staff Officer with Donegal
County Library Service encourages participants to
seek out poems that resonate with them. “This year’s
book was selected not just for its wonderful poems
and beautiful illustrations, but also because it is
a wonderful introduction or re-introduction to
poetry in a way that is simple and accessible for
everyone. Let it be a stepping stone for further
Denise Blake reiterated this sentiment in her
address, encouraging reading in the home. There is
also an opportunity for budding poets to enter the
Read DL writing competition and attend a series of
community-based events county-wide so there’s plenty
to get involved in.
Copies of the book are available at your local
www.donegallibrary.ie to reserve your copy.
You can also visit
www.readdonegal.com for further information.