Meet Sarah Webb – (topic questions below)
Sarah Webb writes for both children and adults. Her Ask Amy Green series has been shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Awards in the UK and the Irish Book Awards. The third book in her latest series for children, The Songbird Cafe Girls: Aurora and the Popcorn Dolphin (age 8+), has recently been published and A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea: Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood (with Steve McCarthy) will be published in September.
After working for many years as a children’s bookseller, Sarah now combines writing with visiting schools and libraries, reviewing, reading at festivals, and teaching creative writing in the Irish Writers’ Centre. She is also the Children’s Literary Advisor to Listowel Writers’ Week. In 2015 she won the Children’s Books Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Books.
She was the Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown Writer in Residence 2016/2017. In September she launches Story Crew: Write, Draw, Create providing writing clubs and creative classes for children (and the young at heart).
Her website is www.sarahwebb.ie and you can find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/sarahwebbwriter or Twitter @sarahwebbishere or Instagram www.instagram.com/sarahwebbwriter/
T1/ Do picturebooks have to rhyme?
T2/ How long should a picturebook be? MG? YA?
T3/ What are children’s publishers looking for at the moment?
T4/ I want to write for children but I don’t know where to start – any tips?
T5/ Where can I find a good writing for children course?
CT – Closing thoughts.
The next #Writerswise is on 22nd Sept with @ladynicci Nicola Cassidy.