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PJ Lynch appointed Ireland’s children’s laureate

Conville & Walsh are thrilled to announce that PJ Lynch has been named as Ireland’s new children’s laureate. image

P. J. Lynch has worked as a children’s book illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in 1984. He has won many awards including the Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Medal three times, and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions: first for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, and again for When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest. He has twice been nominated by The Ireland Section of the International Board on Books for Young People for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey has sold more than a million copies in the United States alone, and has been made into a motion picture.

Lynch said: “Being named the new laureate is one of the proudest moments of my career. I want to explore the magic that happens when words and pictures come together. My theme as Laureate na nÓg will be ‘The Big Picture’ – I plan to do a regular podcast involving live drawing or demonstrating techniques and I’ll invite guests to talk about their drawing passions. I would also love to create a landmark image in a prominent place or places in Ireland as a permanent reminder of the power of pictures to incite the imagination.”

Sheila Pratschke, chair of the Arts Council which runs the initiative, said: “When the Arts Council established this honour in 2010, we could not have anticipated the enormous extent of Laureate na nÓg’s reach or the incredible depth of its impact. From Siobhán Parkinson’s Laureate International Library to Niamh Sharkey’s Pictiúr to Eoin Colfer’s Once upon a Place – each Laureate has left a meaningful creative legacy and inspired a new generation of readers, writers and illustrators.”

The inaugural Laureate na nÓg in 2010 was author Siobhán Parkinson, while the second was author and picturebook maker Niamh Sharkey and the third was best-selling novelist Eoin Colfer.

18 May 2016