Coffey’s Kitchen in Skibbereen hosted a cupcake morning today with prolific author Sarah Webb. My girls heard they were going to a cup-cake party and wanted to dress up. They had great fun picking out little summer frocks and we set off. On arrival we were greeted with a plate of mouth-watering cupcakes and a frothy cappuccino (wonderful) and friendly smiles completed the cheerful atmosphere!
Coffey’s is a family run restaurant which specialises in using local produce to create vibrant, wholesome and nourishing food. They also have the most interesting events section and run events such as 80’s nights (which are great fun) – keep your eye on www.coffeyskitchen.com for unmissable upcoming events.
Sarah was amazing in her talk with the children – she really connects with them on their level. She spoke honestly of her desire to become first a ballerina – and then later a writer. Sarah has a wonderful way of dispensing advice and inspiration – as if it is effortless! The children all found her very engaging. One of my daughters (and a friends as well) came away so inspired they cannot wait to start creating their own books. My daughter took mental note of everything Sarah said from having an idea first – (not necessarily a computer) and then working on the characters and the plot. Sarah gave great plotting advice about creating tension, drama, conflict and resolve, as well as great advice on how to structure things using notebooks and manuscripts.
Afterwards, Sarah gave generously of her time in a question and answer session and was swamped by eager children to have their books signed and (such a lovely touch) stickers added as well! The small things in life really count – that one gesture has made the books all the more special because of them! Thank you Sarah and thank you Coffey’s for hosting such a lovely morning!