Children’s Festival Programme 2016

2017 Programme will be announced in Spring 2017

Below are Details of the 2016 Children's Festival Programme as part of the West Cork Literary Festival.

 

5 DAY WORKSHOP FOR TEENAGE WRITERS - WORDS ALLOWED:  with DAVE LORDAN 18th - 22nd July €100

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After the huge impact of its young writers on the festival in the past number of years, Words Allowed workshop for teenage writers returns to the festival in 2016. Designed to build the creative confidence and expressive ability of teenagers with an interest in writing it combines a high-energy workshop approach with talks and Q&A sessions on being a writer in the contemporary world where multimedia technologies and performance writing are assuming more importance alongside traditional book publishing. In an atmosphere of group support and encouragement for individual creativity, each participant will be facilitated to pursue their own writing interests and to generate new work. The week will be rounded off with a special reading of the participants' work. This is Ireland's leading workshop for teenage writers and demand is always high so please book early to avoid disappointment.

 


THE BOOK CLINIC COMES TO BANTRY 10am 18th July FREE

The Book Clinic will be open between 10.00 and 13.00 and is suitable for children of all ages. CLICK HERE FOR BOOKING AND MORE INFO

Welcome to the Book Clinic. Have you finished a series and are you not sure what to read next? Just can’t find a book that interests you? Then the Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic is the place to go! Young readers of all ages are invited to drop in and meet the Book Doctor – no appointment needed, and no nasty jabs or tablets, we promise. After a chat about your favourite books, comics or things to do, the doctor will make a diagnosis and write a prescription for your next reads. The Book Doctor has lots of ideas and there’s a book out there for everyone. For more information on the Book Clinic, see www.childrensbooksireland.ie.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian whilst attending this event.

The Book Clinic is brought to you by Children’s Books Ireland, the national children’s book organisation of Ireland. Their mission is to make books a part of every child’s life.


The Mighty Dynamo by Kieran Crowley 3pm 18th July €5  Age: 9-12

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Noah longs to be a professional footballer – and playing in the School's World Cup qualifiers might be just what he needs to get scouted. But when he's banned from his school team for something he didn't do, all his dreams are in doubt.

Noah is determined to make it whatever it takes – even if that means playing for St Mary's School for Girls! With best friend Stevie on tactics and the skills of some unlikely new team-mates, Noah is soon ready to take on the world – just as long as there is no foul play…

Kieran Crowley is a children's writer from Mallow, Co. Cork. His debut novel, Colm & the Lazarus Key was nominated for the Bisto Book of the Year Award (2010). The Mighty Dynamo is his third book and is published in May 2016.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of this event.

 


*** SOLD OUT *** Poetry Workshop with Chrissie Gittins (8-11 years) 10am 19th July FREE

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Come and make your thoughts sing and your words fizz into thin air, and then fall into a poem. We'll tell lies, launch pork pies, and stretch our imaginations as far as the coast of America. Starting with word games we'll go on to write a group poem before you write your own. When we have our first draft, we'll think about editing, lay-out and titles. Finally we'll be audience and performers as we hear each other’s poems.

Chrissie Gittins was born in Lancashire and lives in south London. She worked as an artist and teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She has been shortlisted twice for the CLPE Poetry Award, her poems have been animated for CBeebies and included in many anthologies. She visits schools, libraries and book festivals across the UK. Chrissie won the Belmont Poetry Prize for children’s poems in 2002, and her first three children’s poetry collections were all Poetry Book Society Choices. Her book Stars in Jars was a Scottish Poetry Library recommendation for 2014 and her new collection of poetry for children Adder, Bluebell, Lobster will be published in August 2016.

In addition to this workshop, Chrissie will read from her poetry in a separate event on Tuesday 19 July at 15.00.

Chrissie’s workshop will be for a maximum of fifteen children. Workshops are free and early booking is recommended.

 


Children’s Reading: Adder, Bluebell, Lobster by Chrissie Gittins Age: 7+ 3pm 19th July €5

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Watch out for bossy Beetroot! Be enchanted by a Bluebell witch’s thimble and spot a dive-bombing Lark or a cute Great-Crested Newt.

From Adder to Wren, forty fantastic poems celebrate forty amazing animals, birds and plants and their beautiful names – which YOU can help poet Chrissie Gittins save from EXTINCTION.

This is nature close up, exciting – and WILD.

Chrissie Gittins’ brand new poetry collection for children Adder, Bluebell, Lobster will be published in August 2016 and is illustrated by Paul Bommer. Chrissie will also read from Stars in Jars (2014, illustrated by Calef Brown) her wonderful collection of new poems and old favourites, some funny and some serious. Chrissie's poetry appeals to anyone who loves words and what they can do.

‘Something for everyone and a perfect collection for the classroom.’ – Parents in Touch

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of this event.


*** SOLD OUT *** Writing Workshop: Magical World of Storytelling with E.R. Murray (Ages 8-12) 10am, 20th July FREE *** SOLD OUT ***

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Have you ever wondered what makes stories come alive? Everyone has a tale to tell, but how do we make them pop off the page? Discover the magical world of storytelling with author, E.R. Murray; explore where we get ideas from and how we can turn them into exciting characters, settings and storylines.

Elizabeth Rose Murray writes novels for children and young adults as well as short fiction. Her debut The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) is the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children. Her young adult book Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published May 2016, with The Book of Shadows due in September. Elizabeth lives in West Cork, where she fishes, grows her own vegetables and enjoys plenty of adventures with her dog, Franklyn. You can find out more about Elizabeth on her website, or chat to her on twitter @ERMurray, facebook or instagram.

In addition to this workshop, Elizabeth will participate in two other events – a joint reading with Alan Early on Wednesday 20 July at 15.00 and a workshop with Alan Early on A Day in the Life of an Author on Thursday 21 July at 10.00.

Elizabeth’s workshop will be for a maximum of fifteen children. Workshops are free and early booking is recommended.

 


Arthur Quinn Trilogy: Alan Early & The Book of Learning: E.R. Murray (8-13 years) 3pm 20th July €5

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Join Alan Early and Elizabeth Rose Murray for a special reading of their work and a chat about books and what it’s like to be a writer.

Alan’s book Arthur Quinn and Hell's Keeper is the final part in a trilogy. Arthur has defeated the World Serpent. He’s come face-to-face with the Fenris Wolf. But now he faces Loki’s most powerful child, Hell’s Keeper. With his friends Ash, Ellie and Ex, Arthur sets out to stop this new menace. But Loki has a trick up his sleeve, a trick that changes everything. Arthur must confront Loki for a final showdown. But faced with a terrible secret and enemies at every turn, can Arthur find the courage he needs to defeat the god once and for all, or has Loki finally won?

From an early age Alan Early loved to write and illustrate short stories about Banshees and ghost animals and whatever else struck his imagination. His first novel, Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent, was published in 2011. Described by Eoin Colfer as ‘a brilliant creation… fast-paced and thrilling’, it was shortlisted for the Best Childrens Book in the 2011 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. The final book in the trilogy, Arthur Quinn and Hell's Keeper, was named one of the twelve best Irish books of the past twenty-five years in the Irish Times. Alan like books that have pages made of paper and also a beginning, middle and end.

Elizabeth’s debut book The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1 is the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children. ‘Sometimes, it takes more than one lifetime to put things right’. After the death of her beloved grandpa, Ebony Smart’s world is turned upside down. Sent to Dublin to live with an aunt she didn’t know existed, she soon discovers that her new home, 23 Mercury Lane, is full of secrets. Learning that she is part of an ancient order of people who have the power to reincarnate, Ebony quickly discovers that a terrible evil threatens their existence. With just her pet rat, Winston, and a mysterious book to help her, she must figure out why her people are disappearing and how to save their souls, including her own, before time runs out…

Elizabeth Rose Murray writes novels for children and young adults as well as short fiction. The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1 was her first book. Her young adult book Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published May 2016, with The Book of Shadows due in September. Elizabeth lives in West Cork, where she fishes, grows her own vegetables and enjoys plenty of adventures with her dog, Franklyn. You can find out more about Elizabeth on her website, or chat to her on twitter @ERMurray, facebook or instagram.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of this event.

 


A Day in the Life of an Author with Alan Early & E.R. Murray (Age 12-16) 10am 21 July FREE

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Elizabeth and Alan’s workshop will be for a maximum of fifteen children. Workshops are free and early booking is recommended.

Get the chance to ask your most burning questions about what it’s like to write books for a living, with authors Alan Early and E.R. Murray. Learn where ideas come from, see where authors write, learn about what writing novels entails on a day to day basis – and also get the inside nitty-gritty that no one wants to tell you!

In addition to this workshop, Alan and Elizabeth will both read from their work on Wednesday 20 July at 15.00 and Elizabeth will give a writing workshop on Wednesday 20 July at 10.00.


Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot: Horatio Clare (Age: 8-12) 3pm 21 July €5

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Aubrey’s father, Jim, has fallen under a horrendous spell, which Aubrey is determined to break. Everyone says his task is impossible, but Aubrey will never give up – even if he must fight the unkillable Spirit of Despair itself: the TERRIBLE YOOT!

‘Here is a tale that sweeps you along inside its magic, and its hope. At once bubbling with joy, and at the same time dealing with the great sadness that overcomes so many of us in our lives, the Terrible Yoot of the title. A daring book, beautifully conceived, and supremely well written. Horatio Clare has the voice of a great storyteller. A joy, a sheer joy!’ – Michael Morpugo

‘What a treasure… rambunctious spirit, massive heart, and a poet’s eye. It’s also really funny.’ – Frank Cottrell Boyce

‘A jewel not to be missed is Horatio Clare's debut children's book Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot… about a rambunctious boy's quest, helped by talking woodland animals, to break the spell of despair that has overwhelmed his father. This is a funny, big-hearted, nimble, original story, with a quality of fairy tale, informative footnotes, a sensitive way of dealing with the important subject of depression and engaging black-and-white illustrations by Jane Matthews.’ – Sunday Times children's books of the year

Horatio Clare’s first book, Running for the Hills, an acclaimed account of his Welsh childhood, won a Somerset Maugham Award, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His subsequent books include Truant, A Single Swallow, The Prince’s Pen and most recently the award-winning travelogue, Down to the Sea in Ships. His essays and reviews appear regularly in the national press and on BBC radio. Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot is his first book for children.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of this event.

 


*** SOLD OUT *** ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP WITH MARK WICKHAM (Age: 4-7) 10am 22nd AND 23rd July FREE

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Come along to the workshop and learn how to design your own character for your very own picture book. Mark Wickham is an award-winning illustrator and designer from Bantry. Brian and the Giant is Mark’s second picture book, with author Chris Judge, about the adventures of a young Brian Ború.

Mark will run separate workshops on Friday morning and Saturday morning (approx. one hour) for a maximum of fifteen children each day. Workshops are free and early booking is recommended. When booking please book for either Friday or Saturday.


Darren Shan: Zom-B Goddess 3pm 22 July €5

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Recommended for 12 years and older, but fans of all ages are welcome

Zom-B Goddess is the twelfth and final book in Darren’s Zom-B series. B Smith has escaped from the murderous clown Mr. Dowling, only to find herself trapped by someone she had once thought of as an ally. As B learns more about the twisted history of the zombie virus, she prepares to make a final stand against her enemies--even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.”

‘A wildly entertaining page turner.’ – The Fireside Table [on Zom-B Bride]

‘Mr. Shan is a master at what he does and with two final installments to come, I just do not know if my heart can take it. But I'll sure as hell enjoy finding out!’ – Empire Of Books [on Zom-B Bride]

Darren Shan was born in London but is Irish and lives with his wife and young son in a small village in Limerick where he has resided since the age of six. Darren studied Sociology and English at Roehampton University in London. He then worked for a cable television company, before setting up as a full-time writer. Darren’s breakthrough came with the publication of Cirque Du Freak in January 2000. He has now published close to fifty books, both for children and adults (the most recent adult novels have been released under the name of Darren Dash). Cirque Du Freak has been adapted into a (faithful) manga and a (rather less faithful) movie, and his books have sold twenty-five million copies worldwide. His books are on sale in 39 countries, in 31 languages. He has made bestseller charts in America, Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries. A big film buff, Darren also reads lots of comics and books. Other interests include art, football, pop and rock music, going to live gigs and theatre, roller coasters and travel.


ZÚ WÍ, GUGALAÍ GUG! A BILINGUAL EVENT WITH DIARY OF A WIMPY KID AS GAEILGE (AGE: 7-12) 3pm 23rd July €5

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Bí le Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, ceoltóir, scríbhneoir agus stiúrthóir an teach foilseacháin Futa Fata, le haghaidh dreas ceoil, rannta, gáire agus spraoi búnaithe ar na leabhair Gugalaí Gug! agus Dialann Dúradáin.

Join author and musician, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin for a fun filled interactive session with plenty of music and rhymes, fun and games based on the award-winning Gugalaí Gug! and Dialann Dúradáin, the new Irish-language edition of global megahit Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

This will be a bilingual, family-friendly show suitable for children of varying ages, varying levels of fluency in Irish and their parents.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of this event.