Judi Curtin holds reading in Eason, Derry

Children's author Judi Curtin in Eason's Bookshop in Foyleside Shopping Centre. DER4115GS037
Children's author Judi Curtin in Eason's Bookshop in Foyleside Shopping Centre. DER4115GS037

An Irish children’s author says that despite the distractions of the modern world, she believes young people are still reading a lot.

Judi Curtin was in Easons, Derry, reading extracts from her latest book ‘About Eva,’ to pupils from Long Tower P.S.

And she‘s confident that the strong story telling that’s in the market today can keep children interested in reading books.

“There’s no doubt that today children do have a lot of distractions,” she said. “But children still are reading a lot. Family members want to buy books as presents, they want to have something they can wrap up.

“But it really is all about parents, showing children that reading is about pleasure and not a chore.”

Judi Curtin is the best selling author of numerous children’s books featuring much loved characters Alice and Megan and more recently Eva.

“I’ve been writing since 1999,” said Judi. “I started off writing for adults and then wrote a children’s book which just took off.

“Writing for children is so different. They are honest and will say exactly what they think which adults don’t always do, which is nice.”

The mum of three revealed that she often took inspiration from her own three children for her writing.

“They’re all grown up now,” she said. “But I often had them looking over my shoulder telling me where I was going wrong.

“I used to be a teacher. One of my favourite parts of being a teacher was reading to the children so that’s why I like doing these readings. It’s quite interactive.”

One of the pupils told Judi she was a fan - “I just started your book last night and already I’m on page 99,” she said.

Judi Curtin is published by O’Brien Press.