Organisers need to be aware that Siobhán’s visual impairment limits her a little in what she can do. She can’t read from her work, for example, and she needs extra support from the teacher in the classroom. Since she doesn’t drive, Siobhán prefers to confine herself to schools and libraries in the Dublin area, but she will consider invitations to travel further afield, provided suitable supports are in place.
Siobhán is a member of the Writers in Schools scheme, and her preference is to work with a group of older children or teenagers (a class or a writing group drawn from different classes) on a writing project over a period of several weeks. This is possible through the Writers in Schools residency programme. Information on school visits and residencies is available on Poetry Ireland’s website.
Siobhán has experience of working also at third level and with adults. She specialises in teaching the writing of fiction (not just for children).
Siobhán is an experienced panellist and speaker, especially but not exclusively in the area of children’s literature.
She has a particular interest in how narrative works.
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