Children & Young People's Programme

We’re delighted to be teaming up again with Clare County Library Services to offer readings and workshops with award-winning poets and young adult authors. Events will take place in glór, De Valera Library, Ennis and Kilrush Library. Please call the venues concerned to book your class group.

 

Peadar Ó Guilín

Irish mythology and The Call

Venue: De Valera Library
Date: Tue 26 February @ 10am Free

Venue:
Kilrush Library
Date: Tue 26 February @ 2pm Free

Peadar’s talk is about the wonders of Irish mythology and how it has influenced his latest work, The Call. He tells a few stories along the way and throws in a few of the more interesting words in the Irish language. This event is a short, fun workshop on how to create stories. The Call has won several awards including the CBI Children’s Choice Award and the European Science Fiction Society Achievement Award for Best Work of Fiction. Suitable for all YA, join Peadar in De Valera Public Library or Kilrush Public Library.

Sheena Wilkinson & Nessa O’Mahony

On writing historical fiction

Venue: De Valera Library
Date: Thur 28 February @ 10am Free

Venue: Kilrush Library
Date: Thur 28 February @ 2pm Free

Join authors Sheena Wilkinson & Nessa O’Mahony as they discuss family histories, love of history and writing historical fiction. Sheena will discuss her writing Name Upon Name and Star By Star, which together look at the events of World War One, The Easter Rising, the Spanish Flu and women’s fight for the vote. Nessa O’Mahony recounts the story of her grandfather’s experiences in the three major conflicts of the 20th century: the First World War, the War of Independence and the Civil War in her new novel, The Branchman. Students, Transition Years in particular, are encouraged to find out about their own family histories in advance of the workshop.

Greetings, Heroes!

A New Show by Dave Rudden & Graham Tugwell

Date: Fri 01 March 
Time: 10am
Venue: glór 
Price: Free

Ever wanted to be a wizard? Considered yourself a conjurer? Pictured yourself as a paladin? Join award-winning authors Graham Tugwell (Everything is Always Wrong, Down Below the Reservoir) & Dave Rudden (Knights of the Borrowed Dark, Doctor Who: Twelve Angels Weeping) in a unique interactive theatre experience where the audience becomes the hero. Make decisions. Defeat puzzles and monsters. Create your own adventure and win glory... or face a terrible fate. No two shows are the same. You make the choices. You write the story.
Suitable for 3rd to 6th classes.

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Patricia Forde

with Patricia Forde

Date: Fri 01 March 
Time: 10.30am
Venue: De Valera Library 
Price: Free

Join us for the festival’s third Children’s Book Club where Patricia Forde will talk with and take questions from our younger readers about their experience on her novel The Wordsmith. Ideal for 10-12 year olds. 

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Date: Fri 01 March 
Time: 11.30am 
Venue: glór 
Price: Free

The Ireland Professor of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin will read from her acclaimed work. She is author of many collections including The Girl Who Married a Reindeer (2001) and The Sun-fish (2010). Suitable for all YAs but especially for Leaving Certificate students.

Family Story Time

Oisín the Brave - Robot Island

Date: Sat 02 March
Time: 10am 
Venue: De Valera Library 
Price: Free

Join bi-lingual author and illustrator Derek Mulveen on a journey to Robot Island and travel across many seas, meeting strange creatures and help a little robot’s quest to find the golden key to save Robot Island, before time runs out.

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Relaxed Story Time

in association with Ennis Voices for Autism (EVA)*

Date: Sat 02 March 
Time: 11.30am 
Venue: Clarecare 
Price: Free

Relaxed Events are intended specifically for people with autism spectrum conditions, language processing, sensory and communication conditions. They are designed so they can access and enjoy the arts in a stress-free environment. Events have smaller numbers. There is a very relaxed attitude to noise and movement and the event runs alongside the engagement of the audience on the day. There will be access to a separate chill-out space for those who may need a time out of the story time room.

Oisín the Brave - Robot Island
Join author, illustrator and storyteller Derek Mulveen on an interactive, sensory exploration story time from his book Oisín the Brave - Robot Island, through the Dolmen of Time as he tells you the story of Oisín and his friend Orane the Dragon. Derek is currently in training as a teacher in Special Needs and has a wealth of experience of working and engaging with children who engage with stories in their own unique ways.  

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* Limited places

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