Ana Colomer A Book Of Hope


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A Book of Hope: An anthology of letters, poems and stories to connect two generations during a pandemic.

Since the Covid 19 virus came to Ireland in the Spring of 2020, a lot of older people have been cocooning. They have often been unable to interact with the children in their lives, which has led to feelings of anxiety and loneliness. This book is a compilation of written word from them for these children.

In recognition of the benefit that arts and creativity can bring in assisting individuals and communities in this challenging time, Clare Arts Office
created the Cúram awards, an initiative as part of Clare County Council’s ‘Keep Well’ campaign.

Ana’s project, A Book of Hope, is the first project to start. Ana is inviting older writers to submit a short story, letter or poem, written to a child in their life, for her new project. It could be written to a grandchild, a nephew or niece, a friend’s child, or even to themselves when they were little. It could be factual or fictional, but she is asking them to write about life as they knew it when they were children, and mention things such as toys, games and food that are not common any more. As it will be a book for children, submissions should be written in a child-friendly tone.

Ana hopes that the project will benefit two different groups: the older group of writers and the younger group of readers. As a lot of older people are cocooning, they have often been unable to interact with the children in their lives, which can lead to feelings of anxiety and loneliness. Ana hopes that they will enjoy writing to these children and that it will help to restore the connection between them. It may even encourage them to continue writing.

For the young readers, the book could be really special, a treasure to keep and cherish. Children may have been feeling confused and sad and have really missed spending time with older members of their family.

About the Author

Ana Colomer BA, Hdip, is a community artist with over ten years of experience delivering workshops for children and young people.

Her creative practice includes painting, puppetry, animation and multimedia installations that combine three or four elements. Her work is interactive and thought provoking.

Ana is a Creative Associate for the Creative Schools, an Art Tutor with CLETB and an Associate Freelance Artist with Helium Arts.

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