Harry Potter star, Evanna Lynch, has launched a new anthology of writings by students from the Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland (CTYI) at Dublin City University. Words to Tie to Bricks features beautiful gas masks, disastrous relationships, ghostly husbands, mysterious encounters inFlorence, ominous ski slopes, birds without mittens, painfully awkward moments and immortal jellyfish. The anthology was written, revised and polished by 15 budding young writers, aged 14 to 17 from throughout the country, during the course of an intensive three-week Anthology of Writing summer programme run by young adult author, Claire Hennessy.
Evanna, who portrayed Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies, is herself a CTYI graduate, having attended CTYI in 2007 and 2008 studying drama and speculative fiction writing. Speaking at the launch, Evanna said,
“The Centre for Talented Youth is a home away from home for gifted young people from all corners ofIreland. From my own personal experience, I know that it provides a challenging yet supportive environment which allows each person the freedom to develop and fully realise their talents. This exciting new collection gives wonderful expression to the imagination and creativity that are nurtured here at CTYI.”
Dr Colm O’Reilly, Director of CTYI said,
“We are really proud of the achievements of these young writers. It is important for bright students to have outlets to develop their talents. This book provides a starting point for these students in what could be a long literary career.”
Proceeds from the anthology, published by Kazoo Publishing will go to support St Michael’s House which provides crucial services and resources to those with intellectual disabilities.
Barbara Wiseman, Head of Fundraising at St. Michael’s House said,
“We are delighted to benefit from this great literacy initiative from CTYI. CTYI is an exceptional organisation providing unique services. We are very grateful to be nominated as the charity for this wonderful book and encourage our supporters to purchase.”
To purchase copies of the book, contact CTYI at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01-7005634.