Local Irish language pupils record their own audiobook

There was both laughter and literature as pupils from three of the city's Irish-medium schools visited the Verbal Arts Centre to record an audiobook in the Irish language. Much of the fun took place in the recording studio where our media producer, Rory McCarron, added some special sound effects!

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Seventy four pupils from three of Derry’s Irish-medium schools have experienced the excitement of creating their own Irish language audiobook in the Verbal Arts Centre’s state-of-the-art recording studio.

Children from Bunscoil Cholmcille, Gaelscoil Eadain Mhoir and Gaelscoil Na Daroige took part in the ‘What Does This Book Sound Like?’ event to celebrate World Book Day 2015.

Pól Ó Frighil, Irish Language Officer with Derry City Council, praised the Verbal Arts Centre and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin for programming such an ambitious event as part of the Little Festival of Books.

He said: “It was an absolute pleasure to partner with the Verbal Arts Centre and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on the ‘What Does This Book Sound Like?’ event to celebrate World Book Day and, it’s definitely something that we would love to grow and develop alongside other excellent programmes such as an Irish-medium version of Reading Rooms which uses books and reading to promote positive health and well-being benefits. 

“The feedback we received from the Irish-medium schools who attended the World Book Day event was overwhelmingly positive and we’d be keen to pilot similar events to cater for our ever-growing Irish-medium schools’ audience in the city and district.”

Pól Ó Frighil added: “When the children first arrived at the Verbal Arts Centre on the day of the event, I think some of them expected a regular reading and storytelling event, but the excitement began to build when they realised that they would be spending time in a real recording studio to work on creating their own audiobook.

“And of course meeting the ‘Little Legends’ characters proved to be another high point of the day!” 

Michaeline Donnelly, Development Officer, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin said: “It was clear to see how much the children enjoyed the ‘What Does This Book Sound Like’ event, in particular during their time in the recording studio, while recording their own lines and listening back. 

"The event was a great way to celebrate both World Book Day and Seachtain na Gaeilge and we hope to continue the partnership in the future.” 

Andrea Doran, Director of Programming and Learning at the Verbal Arts Centre, said: "The Little Festival of Books has been a great experience for the Centre. Seeing the children really bring reading to life using the Irish language in a fun and lively way was exciting, and hopefully will help lay strong foundations for a love of books that will last a lifetime. 

“We were delighted to be working with Derry City Council and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on what was a vibrant, exciting project.”

Verbal Arts Centre staff also visited Pennyburn Playgroup, Galliagh Nursery School and Belmont Nursery to announce the ‘Little Legends’ Reading Rooms with Easons and Foyleside which take place on Saturday mornings.

‘Little Legends’ is a free 12-week Reading Rooms event for children aged 4-8, from 11am-12 noon, during which trained volunteers read aloud to their young audiences who are then encouraged to discuss the stories they have just heard.

The Reading Rooms team were delighted with the turnout for the first ‘Little Legends’ last Saturday and are looking forward to lots of children joining them at Easons, Foyleside this Saturday morning at 11am.

For further information contact Sinead Devine, Reading Rooms Training & Volunteer Officer, Verbal Group. Email: readingrooms@theverbal.co or Tel: 028 71 266 946.

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