Sarah Webb is from Dublin and writes for both children and adults. Her Ask Amy Green series for age 10+ has been shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Awards in the UK (twice) and the Irish Book Awards. The first book in her new series, The Songbird Café Girls (age 9+), has just been published.
After working for many years as a children’s bookseller, Sarah now combines writing with visiting schools, reviewing for the Irish Independent, reading at festivals, and teaching writing in the Irish Writers Centre. She is also the Children’s Curator of the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival and the Vice-Chair of Children’s Books Ireland.
Because I am a Girl I ask … questions.
Because I am a Girl I believe ... in equality for all, regardless of gender.
Because I am a Girl I hope … that things will be different for my daughter and for all daughters around the world.
Because I am a Girl I wonder … why girls are denied the right to education because of their gender.
Because I am a Girl I dream … of a world where all citizens are truly equal.
Because I am a Girl I remember ... what it feels like to be 11 or 13 or 17 or 29 – unsure of who I’m supposed to be. For me, books gave me some of the answers. I also remember the women who came before me – the suffragettes, the women of 1916, journalists like Nell McCafferty, Mary Maher, Mary Holland, Mary Kenny, Mary McCutcheon, Rosita Sweetman and June Levine. Also our first female president, Mary Robinson. Women who made a difference.
Because I am a Girl I like … writing, sailing, reading, kayaking.
Because I am a Girl I dislike … inequality. (And raisins.)
Because I am a Girl I feel … alive, empowered and hopeful for the future.
Because I am a Girl I celebrate… friends, family and the wider community who help and support me and my family. I am lucky to have so many fantastic women and men in my life.
Because I am a girl I celebrate… the small things, especially small kindnesses, because these things really matter.