Award-winning author shows fans the fun side of reading

Published 17/11/2015 | 00:00

Marita Conlon McKenna in Wexford Library with Anna Zwierzchowska, Scoil Charman; Marita Conlon McKenna, Doireann Healy, Mercy St John's Road; and Sophie Gulliver, Faythe School.
Marita Conlon McKenna in Wexford Library with Anna Zwierzchowska, Scoil Charman; Marita Conlon McKenna, Doireann Healy, Mercy St John's Road; and Sophie Gulliver, Faythe School.

Award-winning author Marita Conlon McKenna had fun kidding around when she paid a visit to Wexford Library recently.

As part of the month-long Children's Book Festival, the popular author made a flying visit to the local venue, where she was met by crowds of her young fans. During two packed out events in the library, pupils from schools such as Scoil Charman, Mercy and Faythe School listened intently as Marita told funny stories and spoke about her work.

The busy author took the time to sign copies of her books and chat to some of the children before she headed to Wexford Quay for the Opera Festival Opening Night Fireworks.

Judging by their grinning faces, all of the children had a ball. It seems that Marita did too. On her personal website, she wrote about her time in Wexford saying:

'Wexford was buzzing and I joined of all the crowds down on the waterfront watching the spectacular firework display which launched the annual opera festival. The streets of the city were thronged as it was such a warm autumn night. There is opera everywhere in Wexford town and lots of events - with some art too.'

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