Third Class Pupils from Dublin School Launch New Book

Students from St Louise de Marillac were “overjoyed” as they launched their very own book, A World of Imagination, in front of family and friends on Friday.

There were 49 students from two classes at the school selected to participate in what principal Kathryn Crowley, who hails from Knocklyon, described as “a really positive experience”.

Ms Crowley was speaking about the Schools’ Publishing Programme from Emu Ink, an online publisher founded by Emer Cleary.

The programme gives young children the opportunity to become published authors while still in primary school, allowing the talented adolescent writers to explore their creativity.

The principal of St Louise’s explained that taking part in the programme gave students an “authentic audience” for their writing.

She said: “We hope that this programme will spur the students on to do even greater things in the world of literature and publishing. We hope that this is the first of many anthologies and that this will become a tradition in our school.”

Emu Ink has worked with several schools across the country to create some of the youngest published authors in the world; and the feedback has been hugely positive.

Founder Emer Cleary said: “The idea of the Emu Ink Schools’ Publishing Programme is that the pupils are taken on a journey; one that sees them not only write the content of the book but edit their work and proof-read it for print.”

She was also impressed with the dedication and hard-work that the students put in, and praised the whole school community and parents for their role in completing the book.

Emer said: “A World of Imagination by the students of St Louise’s, is a book indicative of limitless imagination and talent. They have done an amazing job, I am proud to be their publisher.”

Publisher Emer Cleary with students from St Louise’s

Once the process is complete the books are delivered to the school by Emu Ink with the finished product proving a coveted memento for the students and their families.

For more information about the Emu Ink Schools’ Publishing Programme visit www.emucourses.ie.

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