Sara Yassine

Beirniaid Tir na n-Og 2023:

Hello, my name is Sara and I live in Cardiff. Since graduating with a degree in history, I have worked in the media, in education as a teacher, and now work in the civil service. I would love to add ‘librarian’ to the list at some point!

I’ve always loved reading. There was a book in my hands all day when I was younger and I was even a monitor of the school library at one time. I was in the local library near my house often too, and always borrowed as much as I could (from what I remember, 10 was the maximum allowed in one go, much to my dismay). Like many other children, my favourite author was Enid Blyton, but I also enjoyed Jacqueline Wilson and Roald Dahl books.

I had a vivid imagination as a child, something that was definitely related to all the reading. Reading is also great to improve your vocabulary and writing method – and if you choose the right books, you can become more addicted to them than to your mobile phone.

Despite all the reading I did as a child, the books were all English. I am now trying to catch up and read more in Welsh, as it’s a very easy way of making sure that the language is part of my everyday life. I enjoy reading my favourite genres in Welsh and can’t believe it took so long for me to discover them!

It is therefore a privilege to be able to be part of the panel this year. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s available for children today, and also seeing what I missed out on – although I’m sure I will enjoy a lot of them as an adult!