No stranger to a page-turner, 15-year-old Sarah has been a passionate reader and writer since the tender age of four.
The Kinsale student has to date written short stories to raise funds for Crumlin Hospital, entered the BT Young Scientist and Technology Competition examining the decline in teens reading and appeared on the Late Late Toy Show reviewing books! Intent on encouraging her peers to spend less time on screens and more time in a great book, Sarah’s love of the written word and the joy she takes in storytelling make her an ideal Creative Ambassador.
Read more about Sarah:
“My name is Sarah Fitzgerald, I am 15 years old and I am currently in 3rd year.
I have a passion for reading and writing and have been an avid reader since I was 4, when I also began writing short story books which I sold at my local Christmas market in order to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald house at Crumlin hospital. I did this annually for about five years, and hope to include this wonderful charity in my future projects.
In 2017, I continued my journey into the literary world when I entered the BT Young Scientist & Sci Fest with my project looking at the decline in reading amongst adolescents. I started this project in September 2017, not long before I applied for the Late Late Toy Show. I was thrilled to get an audition for this show, but never thought I would make it any further.
On one euphoric day in late October, I was told I had made it on to the Toy Show, the same day on which my project was accepted for the Young Scientist 2018.
Since then it has been a whirlwind of events, interviews and even some TV appearances! I worked from September to January non-stop on my project, clocking in some 11-hour days over Christmas!
I also had the Toy Show thrown into the mix which was an experience of a lifetime I will never forget. I visited Walker Books in London in February 2018, an epic opportunity which I got thanks to the Toy Show! I am so grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way since then, from launching Irish Book Week as their Ambassador to speaking at the Irish Book Trade Conference, appearing on the RTÉ Today Show to making a Government submission, it has been one hell of a journey over the last two years.
Some of my friends have come on board recently, and this has been a huge help, given how massive the project has become. My friends and I namely Anna, Rachel and Aoife joined forces to do some book panel discussions. Anna and I also became Book Elves for a day in the iconic Eason’s O’Connell Street flagship store along with my little brother Cillian, aged ten.
My most recent adventure is becoming one of three ambassadors for Cruinniú na nÓg, something I’m extremely excited about. From meeting with the coordinators I am already sure that this year’s will be fantastic! I am so lucky to be part of such a wonderful initiative, and hope that everyone seizes the day as an opportunity to try something new and have some fun!”