Featured Readers

Each month we sit down for a chat with a ‘Featured Reader’, to find out about their favourite books of all time, their literary preferences, recommendations, revered authors, & the likes...

This Month

Sarah Crossan standing in front of a wall with street art

Sarah Crossan

Tell us a little about yourself and your writing - what made you start writing for young adults?

I was a school teacher so writing for young people made sense and felt natural.

How did you feel when you were selected as Laureate na nÓg?

I felt so personally honoured. I felt welcomed back home. The highlight of my career.

What does the role entail? Your approach/theme?

We are trying to persuade young people to engage with poetry because I truly believe it is something anyone at all can enjoy.

What did you enjoy most?

I enjoyed meeting young writers who had engaged with their own voices - who found a place to write and a community.

Was there anything that surprised you during your time as Laureate?

I was amazed by the talent of so many young people from a wide variety of backgrounds. It was beautiful to behold.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Not really. I started to read as a teenager, when clubbing and drinking didn't attract me.

What kinds of books did you like?

Mainly classics although as a teen I loved Jeanette Winterson.

What book do you remember most from your childhood and why?

The Pigman [by Paul Zindel] because it was the first novel to make me cry.

.... and as a teen?

I suppose Romeo and Juliet. It was when I fell in love with the sounds of words.

What are you reading right now? Tell us a bit about it:

A non-fiction travel book called The Salt Path [by Raynor Winn] about a homeless couple who find themselves while walking.

What is your favourite book of all time? Tell us a bit about it:

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson - it is such a devastating portrayal of love.

Which of your books is battered from using over and over again?

Probably my Complete Works of Shakespeare.

Tell us a bit about it:

I got it at university and have used it as a guide and reference book ever since.

What is your favourite book by an international author? Tell us a bit about it:

Anna Karenina [by Leo Tolstoy]. It's about love. I am a sucker for romance!

What book do you feel depicts your own or another culture most vividly?

Anything by Anne Enright moves me - I feel it's my older sister talking to me.

Was there a book that changed your mind about something? How?

The Salt Path which I'm reading now gives me a whole new perspective on homelessness.

What book should every child have on their shelf?

Whatever book they love. One size does not fit all when it comes to books and I hate, above all else, snobbery.


The Books

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