A book of short stories, poems and illustrations by Wexford Children will capture a unique view of an historical period, according to publishers Red Books Press. "A Little Bit of Magic: Stories by Children of Wexford in Lockdown" will be launched at 3pm on Sunday at the 50th Annual Wexford Book and Collectors Fair in the Talbot Hotel.
The book contains submissions by over fifty Wexford children, aged between 5 and 16, originally collected during the Great Wexford Short Story Competition, a lockdown inspired endeavour which ran for fourteen weeks in 2020.
The book features work by the following children;
Martha O' Connor-Cussen
Noah O Connor
Dannielle O' Neill
Thomas O Brien
Aine O Neill
Christopher Taylor Walsh
Ben O' Reilly
Olivia O' Reilly
Red Books were delighted to team up with the delightful and ever generous Aedin Hassett from Browne Fire Protection in 2020 during the dark days of the first Covid lockdown to offer children a creative outlet. We were blown away by the quality of writing and ideas, so we teamed up again with Brownes, Red Books Press, Wexford artist Rachell Druett, Practical Printers, the Wexford Book & Collectors Fair and Cllr Tom Forde to bring these stories to print.
The book is expected to sell out within a few days of the launch due to incredible pre-order interest.
Red Books Press has already confirmed that this is only the first move in a much larger project that will seek to build a young writers community in the South East, and will include further publications and events.