About Dr Niamh
I love to write in childish rhyme
I really do it all the time
A Doctor and a Nana too
‘Tis on a word tree that I grew!
Before we go any further, I must let you into one of my secrets as long as you promise NOT to tell anyone.
When I was little, fairies lived at the bottom of my garden. I used to talk or sing to them quietly (as fairies don’t like shouting). And when dew covered the grass and made it glitter and sparkle, I knew the fairies were preparing for a shindig!
I spent many an early morning dancing to the tunes of the little people. Very soon, they began to trust me, (Fairies seldom trust humans, as humans do very strange things to fairies and to fairyland), but I could dance a fine jig, pirouette often, sing a long song and recite a poem, all of which, is of very great interest to fairies.
They taught me some of their ancient secrets about bees and butterflies, worms and magic bears who know such an awful lot about everything. They also taught me secrets about science and the sky, and how to grow up into someone who is wise (wise enough to still believe in fairies). Though I did grow up (as everyone must) and did very important things (at least, I thought them important) like going to Africa to work for Oxfam, UNICEF and World Food Programme for 10 years, doing my best to help children who were not so fortunate as others; and though I did other important things like gaining a doctorate degree in Learning Through The Imagination, winning a Social Entrepreneur Ireland award, campaigning for the environment (after all, we need to leave the world as beautiful as we found it) nothing is more important to me now than being the best Nana I can be to my grandchildren. And because all children are so marvellous, I love sharing my love of reading, writing and learning with other boys and girls to help them to grow up to be beautiful, inspiring, caring human beings that will take their turn looking after each other and the planet that is our home.
And because I think it important to share all the marvellous things we learn along the way (and I can tell you...Nanas know a thing or two!) I write special stories about the alphabet and all sorts of magical things. You see, I know just how important the imagination is ~ full of hope and new creative ideas, the driving force of the future! Imagination sows seeds of future brilliance. And the first step towards that brighter future is to inspire a love of reading and learning...
But WAIT! if you don't like interesting vocabulary and lots of content with a twist of humour, wisdom and magic, please don't read my stories as it would upset me! But if you DO like all those things, have a peek at my new personalised children's book: Find My Name In The Alphabet Train. The rhyme is written in phonics. Those of us interested in Education know that learning phonics is the best first step towards learning to read. Learning should always be fun!