New Anne Frank book launched in Ballymoney

Councillor Darryl Wilson visits the exhibition in Ballymoney Museum.
Councillor Darryl Wilson visits the exhibition in Ballymoney Museum.

A new book which examines the life of Anne Frank has been launched in Ballymoney Museum as part of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Holocaust Memorial Programme.

Anne: An imagining of the life of Anne Frank, written by Marjorie Agosín and illustrated by Francisca Yáñez, uses poetry and illustrations to poignantly imagine her life and voice as she hid from Nazi persecution during World War II.

Anne McConaghie and Evelyn Hamilton pictured at the book launch held in Ballymoney Museum as part of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's Holocaust Memorial Programme

Anne McConaghie and Evelyn Hamilton pictured at the book launch held in Ballymoney Museum as part of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's Holocaust Memorial Programme

The evening included a book reading and a personal message from the author, Marjorie Agosín while Leslie and Robert Gray from Solis Press Publishers travelled to Ballymoney for the event. Guests enjoyed a guided tour of the Museum’s Holocaust exhibition which encourages visitors to reflect on the history and legacy of the Holocaust by exploring local collections, including those from Conflict Textiles and Millisle Farm, County Down.

The fantastic arpilleras vividly show the power of reflection and response. Textile artist Heidi Drahota, who created several of these artworks, travelled from Nuremberg, Germany to give a talk about her pieces featured in the exhibition.

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE, said: “It is fitting that the theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘The Power of Words’, something which a young Anne Frank knew very well. She wrote of the power, beauty and wonder of words and she aspired to be an author and journalist, showing a prodigious talent in her diary writings before her tragic death at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Books such as ‘Anne: An imagining of the life of Anne Frank’ are incredibly important as they help make sure that Anne’s story will never be forgotten and that her voice will keep being heard.”

A number of schools’ workshops also formed part of the Holocaust Memorial Programme. Pupils from Ballymoney Model, Landhead and Bush Valley Primary Schools enjoyed activities led by the curator of Conflict Textiles Roberta Bacic. Participants explored the Holocaust exhibition and learned more about the life of Anne Frank.

Ann Patterson and Sister Lelia Newan, look at some of the paintings depicting the Holocaust in Ballymoney Museum.

Ann Patterson and Sister Lelia Newan, look at some of the paintings depicting the Holocaust in Ballymoney Museum.

They also crafted ‘a friend for Anne Frank’ and created their very own craft diary.

Dr Norman Hamilton and Creighton Hutchinson in discussion at the launch of Anne: An imagining of the life of Anne Frank held in Ballymoney Museum.

Dr Norman Hamilton and Creighton Hutchinson in discussion at the launch of Anne: An imagining of the life of Anne Frank held in Ballymoney Museum.

Roberta Bacic, Curator of Conflict Textiles, displays some of the work on display in Ballymoney Museum.

Roberta Bacic, Curator of Conflict Textiles, displays some of the work on display in Ballymoney Museum.

Pictured at the event in Ballymoney Museum are from left, Publisher Robert Gray (Solis Press), Helen Perry (Museum Services Development Officer), Julie Welsh, (Head of Service for Community & Culture), Artist Heidi Drahota, Councillor Darryl Wilson, Roberta Bacic, (Curator Conflict Textiles), Margaret Edgar, (Cultural Services), Lesley Gray (Editor & Writer) and Rachael Garrett (Museum Officer).

Pictured at the event in Ballymoney Museum are from left, Publisher Robert Gray (Solis Press), Helen Perry (Museum Services Development Officer), Julie Welsh, (Head of Service for Community & Culture), Artist Heidi Drahota, Councillor Darryl Wilson, Roberta Bacic, (Curator Conflict Textiles), Margaret Edgar, (Cultural Services), Lesley Gray (Editor & Writer) and Rachael Garrett (Museum Officer).