Larne High School had the pleasure of welcoming Sheena Wilkinson on Friday 26th February. She spoke to pupils about her her experiences as a writer and also promoted her new book ' Name Upon Time'.
Pupils got a great insight into the life of a writer and also had an opportunity to ask questions at the end. For a full synopsis on her new book, please see below.
Sheena Wilkinson is from Belfast and is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed writers of
contemporary realistic fiction for young people. Winner of multiple Children’s Books
Ireland awards and recipient of special bursaries from the Arts Council of Northern
Ireland for the development of her writing, Sheena is now a full time author and
writing teacher living in Co. Down.
A young Belfast girl caught in the divisions of 1916 Ireland
‘History is rarely clean and simple; the beauty of this book is
that it embraces that complexity.’
- Dr Patrick Geoghegan, Professor of History at TCD and presenter of Newstalk’s Talking History
Belfast in 1916. Fourteen-year-old Helen is shaped by her mixed background – rural,
Catholic Irish values from her mother; urban, Protestant Ulster values from her father.
Helen’s older cousins are her idols: Sandy, who joined the army straight from school
and has already seen action in France, and Michael, who runs away from home to
enlist. But before he leaves for France, Michael is deployed to Dublin to help quell the
Rising, where he’s expected to open fire on his fellow Irishmen, and Sandy writes
home about terrible things on the front. What exactly are they fighting for?
Perfect class novel with a Northern Irish perspective on World War 1 and
the Easter Rising by a multi award-winning author.