Whimsical beautifully illustrated children’s book launched in West Cork

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Sharon Hosford and Tara Laubach have collaborated to launch a beautifully illustrated children’s book this month in Dunmanway. ‘The Cat who Couldn’t Count’ is a children’s storybook for three to eight-year-olds. It is written by Sharon Hosford, the principal of The Model School in Dunmanway, and illustrated by one of her former pupils, Tara Laubach.

Sharon has written many stories and poems and had some poems published in literary journals. This is her first published book. After Sharon attended the launch of the first book that Tara illustrated, ‘Gerard the Ferret’ by SJ Rowland, she asked Tara to illustrate her own children’s story. Sharon’s children used to request that she make up stories for them. She has also named the characters in the tale after some of her children.

The book is written in a charming and warm writing style, which invites the young reader to relax and join her in her adventures. ‘The Cat who Couldn’t Count’ is a good bedtime story, and has already become the favourite of many children.

Tara studied at The Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork and has since been making art commissions, putting on exhibitions and illustrating children’s stories.

The new book is published by Matador Publishing in the UK.

Inspired by her experience in teaching children, Sharon has created a story with two versions. On the right page is a simplified version of the story for younger children with a larger picture, while the left page contains a slightly more complex version with smaller pictures. The book is therefore suitable for a range of reading abilities. Tara always loved illustrated picture books and stories when she was younger and was inspired to take part in the production of a new storybook.

Her illustrations are colourful and whimsical; yet leave space for the imagination of the children to flourish. There are illustrations on every page, depicting the story of Alice and her cat’s new kittens, especially the striped ginger kitten, Marmalade.

‘The Cat who Couldn’t Count’ is influenced by Irish farm-life and West Cork countryside atmosphere. How could it not be; there is so much inspiration here that people come to seek it from worldwide. Once you have lived and grown up in West Cork, many people say, it is difficult to find a comparison. It is clear from reading this book that the magic of West Cork shines through.

The book is available through local bookshops or on the Troubador website.

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Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

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