Stratford College selected for BLAST Arts-in-Education Programme

NEWS / 9 November 2021

Stratford College has been selected as one of 400 schools to participate in the Department of Education's new innovative Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme in 2021. Adrienne Geoghegan, a visual artist and illustrator, is going to work with the TY class in January and February 2022 to help them write and illustrate their own children's books.

Children’s books can function to replicate damaging stereotypes and maintain a ‘safe’ status quo, however the inverse radical power of children’s literature to embrace diversity and to subvert stereotypes, is a complex area we don’t have the space to analyse in the Junior Cycle or Leaving Cert English curriculum. TY provides the scope and freedom to pursue this.

Illustrator and author Adrienne Geoghegan has over 30 years’ experience in this field. Adrienne’s work has appeared in The Guardian, The Irish Times, and The Economist, to name a few. She has been published by Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Oxford University Press, amongst others. She has lectured in DIT and run courses in the Irish Writer’s Centre since 2014. She brings a wealth of creativity, imagination and publishing knowledge to our students, and we are delighted she's agreed to work with them.

We're very excited to get started on this collaboration and look forward to documenting the Transition Years' creative process. Thanks to the Blackrock Education Centre for facilitating this project.

Ms Talbot

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