Another OLS Author! ✌🏻📖✏

We have an author in first year! Casey Anne in B1 has posted her first Fan Fiction online! If you haven’t guessed by the quote above, it’s Doctor Who fan fiction and you can read it here https://m.fanfiction.net/s/12916508/1/Tales-of-the-TARDIS

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Sarah Crossan Author Visit 😍📚✌

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We were so lucky to have the hilarious, engaging, and hugely talented Sarah Crossan with us yesterday afternoon on the same day that she was nominated for a Costa Award for her latest novel Moonrise! 🌚 We all had so much fun with her, and she was so generous with her time and energy especially with signing books for everyone who queued up after the talk. Thanks to the TY journalists for the photos and for very professional interview they did with Sarah, looking forward to seeing that in print in the school magazine! Certain Reading Reps, Book Club members and Library Assistants were a huge help on the day. Well done to everyone involved! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Above you can see Sarah photographed with our ‘Sarah Crossan Special’ Book Review Competition winner, Marie Bishop from B4! Well done to Marie on her winning book review which you can read below. As well as receiving the usual €10 book token prize, she had her photo taken with Sarah, and she also publicly thanked her after the talk, it was really wonderful! More photos from the day below, and plenty more on the school app!

Marie Bishop’s winning book review on Sarah Crossan’s The Weight of Water

Sarah Crossan’s debut novel, “The Weight of Water”, will make you laugh, cry, and wish you could read it all over again.

This incredible book is written as a series of poems that follow the journey of a Polish girl called Kasienka who moves from Poland to England with her Mama to find her Tata, who has left them. When she joins an English school her teacher changes her name to Cassie and she finds it difficult to fit in. She is tormented by a number of her classmates for being different and her only respite is when she goes swimming, or spends time with William, a boy she slowly develops feelings for.

“The Weight of Water” is the beautiful story of a girl whose life was completely changed. I enjoyed this book immensely because of how it displayed the challenges of being an immigrant. One of the ways it did this was by saying that Kasienka and her mother carried their possessions in a laundry bag. This showed that they couldn’t afford anything better to carry their things in. It also shows that they didn’t have enough things to need another bag.

This book is a must have for anyone who struggles to make friends or anyone who is scared to move to a new place. I give this book five starts for its beautiful poetry and its depiction of the life of a young immigrant.

___________________________________________________________________________ The Monthly Book Review Competition will return in January, so get your reviews in! Email them to librarian@olschool.ie

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‘Paper Coffee Cup’ By Caoimhe Massey ☕📝

Caoimhe Massey, our first OLS author to see her name in print, produced the following piece during the Creative Writing Workshop sessions held in school every Thursday at 12:40.

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This really beautifully written piece was printed along with writing from other young authors in a special supplement with the Irish Times.

‘Paper Coffee Cup’ By Caoimhe Massey

She taps her long nails on her knee, 1, 2, 3, imagining the sound they make on a harder surface. She glances at the clock. 9:05am. He takes a sip of his takeaway coffee and when he puts it down, foam spurts out of the hole in the plastic lid. She pinches her tights, picks up the fabric and lets it snap back against her thigh. He writes something on a sheet of paper, the scratching of the pen deafening in the silent room. She coughs. Then she wishes she hadn’t, because now he knows she’s capable of making noise.

“Do you smoke?” he asks. She contemplates not answering.

“No,” she says. It’s the first truth she’s told since she arrived. He raises his eyebrows but says nothing, takes another sip of his coffee and writes something else on the paper. Beige stains the white lid of the coffee cup and she itches to wipe it away. She doesn’t move. He puts the pen and paper beside the coffee on the table.

“You know why you’re here,” he says. He says it in that false-chatty tone people use to make you agree with them. It’s not a question.

“Yes,” she says. It’s not really an answer, either. One of the paintings on the wall behind his head is out of line with the others and she can’t not look at it.

“Do you want to talk about it?” he asks. She almost laughs. She obviously doesn’t. She’s only here because Mr M made her come. There’s nothing wrong with her.

“There’s nothing wrong with me,” she says. She has made a mistake or two. Has bad coping mechanisms. So what? He looks pensive. She likes that word. Pen-sive. It sounds soothing, as if there were no bad things to be pensive about. She pinches her tights again, and this time her nail goes right through the nylon.

“Fuck,” she mutters. He doesn’t hear her.

“I’m not saying there is,” he says, in a voice that tells her yes, that’s definitely what he’s saying.

She looks at the stained coffee cup, then to the crooked painting, then to the fake plants on the windowsill. The blinds are open and she can see the green fence surrounding the primary school next door. She’s supposed to be at school right now. Or, not supposed to be, but she wishes she was. She has science first thing on a Wednesday.

“ . . . are you listening to me?” She looks back at him. His lips are pursed, hiding his mouth between his moustache and his beard. The bottom half of his face is just dark grey hair, no skin visible between his nose and neck.

“No,” she says. She wonders what he’d been saying, briefly. Then she remembers she doesn’t care. She pushes at the hole in her tights. It gets bigger. “I’d rather be at school,” He leans forward as if he’s watching some exciting action movie, Mission Impossible maybe.

“Do you like school?” he asks.

“I hate school,” she says, “It makes me want to . . .” she stops herself, remembers what happened last time she’d said that, Cian’s shocked expression and getting called to Mr M’s office later. It wasn’t even true, not really.

“Want to what?” he asks, because of course he can’t just leave it alone. That’s his job.

“Cry,” she says, then, under her breath, “or something.” He doesn’t hear that part. She focuses on the grey mark beside the door where it hits the wall every time it opens. Then she glances at the clock again. 9.25 am. Still 35 minutes to go. He sips his coffee again, the slurping almost in time with the quietly ticking clock. It’s quiet for a while, and when she concentrates she can hear the sounds of cars on the main road, and, distantly, a window smashing.

“Are you religious?” he asks.

“No,” She says. It’s a half-truth. She’s never been a devout Catholic, but she used to attend mass every Friday and even when she doubted her beliefs (often) the rote liturgies and prayers were soothing. “Not really,” she amends.

He doesn’t say anything after that, and she wonders why he even asked the question. The clock on the wall reads 9.45, the hole in her tights is now the size of a bottle cap, and the middle painting is still crooked. It mustn’t have always been crooked, because she can see a tiny sliver of wall where the cream paint is brighter than the rest.

“I like poetry,” she says. She doesn’t really know why she says it. “I can’t explain why. It just makes me feel.”

“And you don’t, usually?” She doesn’t answer that. It’s too close to and too far from the right question and she feels like she might cry.

“What about your parents?” he asks. She pulls a strip of skin from her lip with her teeth. The taste of blood is metallic.

“They’re okay,” she says, “It’s not because of them,”

“What’s not because of them?” She doesn’t answer, doesn’t feel like she has to. She bites her lip harder and a drop of blood falls onto her hand. She wipes it off on her tights. 9:50am. She hears the kettle boil in reception. He drains his coffee cup, the cardboard popping inwards. It’s tossed into the bin behind his armchair and it’s the only thing there.

She says, “Please fix that painting for next time,” her eyes on the centre canvas. He smiles like he has just won the lottery. She hears voices from reception, glances at the clock. 9.55am. There’s a grey arc on the floor by the door to match the mark on the wall.

“Do you want your mother to come in?” he asks.

“No,” she says, quicker than necessary. “That’s fine.” He picks up the pen and paper and starts to write something new.

“I think it would be beneficial,” he says, and she knows he’s right, but . . . it’s hard.

She says, “Maybe next week,” and he grins widely again. She scratches her nails on her circle of bare thigh, “I’m missing science.”

“And is class more important to you than getting better?” She considers her answer carefully, then, just as she’s about to reply, he says, “Time’s up,” and that’s that. Put all your feelings back in their boxes until next week. Time’s up, but neither of them move until they hear the kettle in reception boil, “See you next week.”

“Thank you,” she says, even though she doesn’t feel very thankful. She doesn’t really feel any different from when she walked in. Maybe she’s a little upset about ripping her tights. She stands up, slowly, stiffly, and he opens the door to let her out. Time to go back to the real world.

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You can read the story on The Irish Times website here

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