Video: New laureate Sarah Crossan to nurture young poets
Irish poet and novelist Sarah Crossan has been announced as fifth Laureate na nÓg, Ireland's laureate for children's literature.
The author of young adult books such as Apple and Rain, The Weight of Water and the award-winning verse novel One, recently toured schools in Northern Ireland entertaining more than 450 pupils with her poetry and reading extracts from her new book, Moonrise.
Sarah will hold the title of Laureate na nÓg until 2020 following yesterday's announcement by Irish president Michael D Higgins.
Sarah's theme as Laureate will be #WeAreThePoets, a two-year project inspiring young people to express themselves through poetry and verse.
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.
"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."
The project is an initiative of the Republic's 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.