Irish star Ryan Tubridy and illustrator P J Lynch pen JFK picture book

Irish star Ryan Tubridy and illustrator P J Lynch pen JFK picture book

Walker Books has signed Irish TV presenter Ryan Tubridy and two-time Kate Greenaway Award winner P J Lynch for a picture book based around John F Kennedy’s seminal trip to Ireland in 1963.

Tubridy, who presents Irish TV programme "The Late Late Show", has written Patrick and the President, about a boy’s encounter with JFK on the US president’s visit to his ancestral home.

The picture book will be illustrated by Lynch, whose Greenaway wins were for Susan Wojciechowski’s The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (Walker Books) and Amy Hest’s When Jessie Came Across the Sea (Walker Books).

Deirdre McDermott, Walker picture books publisher, struck the deal with Noel Kelly at NK Management (for Tubridy) and Clare Conville at Conville & Walsh (for Lynch).

JFK’s trip to Ireland "struck a deep emotional chord with many Irish people", said McDermott.