Atinuke: You're Amazing Anna Hibiscus! - Event for Schools

Date: Thursday March 22nd
Venue: Pavilion Theatre
Time: 12pm
Cost: €4
Age: 7+

2 Teachers free per class

Meet African storyteller Atinuke and learn all about Anna Hibiscus, who lives in Nigeria with her large family, including her twin brothers Double and Trouble. This time the two boys are permanently getting themselves into trouble and in Atinuke's You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus!, the final book of the series,  Anna spends her time trying to prove how extraordinary she is.  

Atinuke was born in Nigeria to a Nigerian university lecturer father and an English editor mother. For the first years of her life she lived in a dusty provincial town near her grandmother and grandfather, uncles and aunts, and cousins. She moved to the enormous chaotic city of Lagos, where she was often lonely and bored. When she was ten she was sent to boarding school in England. This was something she wanted very much (due to reading far too much Enid Blyton). Luckily it was only three years before her parents moved to England with her sisters and brand new baby brother and she was able to leave boarding school and embark on a new adventure with her siblings at the local comprehensive school. Her father went back to Nigeria after only a year, drawn by a new government post and his own homesickness. She joined him in the school holidays but, home became England. And, after a gap year in Paris, she went to the University of York in the north of England to study English, French and Commonwealth Literatures. For the next few years she fell head over heels into storytelling. She started collecting stories and performing them all over the world, focussing on stories from Africa and the African diaspora. In 2005 an illness stopped her from travelling long enough to write the first Anna Hibiscus stories, quickly followed by The No.1 Car Spotter which she wrote for (and with) her own sons. She lives in a tiny cabin on a rocky, boggy mountainside overlooking the sea. She is still collecting and telling stories writing book after book at a table in her kitchen-living room (or in her car when the noise drives her crazy) and the boys patiently listen to draft after draft.