Literary Programme 2017

Children’s Reading: Dave Rudden

Children’s Reading: Dave Rudden
(Age 8+)

Dave Rudden

St. Brendan's School Hall

Wed 19 July 2017



Knights of the Borrowed Dark is the first novel in a new trilogy about magic, monsters and a very stressed 13 year old. The second part of the trilogy The Forever Court is published this April. Join award-winning author Dave Rudden as he talks about how ideas are fish, books are staircases and how everyone can be a writer if they follow four simple rules. This talk features writing tips, advice on getting a book published, readings from both book and an audience Q & A and signing. 

Grey placed his finger in the middle of the shadow.

'What's this?' he asked.

Denizen frowned. 'It's a shadow.'

'No, it isn't,' Grey said. 'It's a door.'

Denizen Hardwick doesn't believe in magic – until he's ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight. That kind of thing can really change your perspective. Now Denizen is about to discover that there's a world beyond the one he knows. A world of living darkness where an unseen enemy awaits. Fortunately for humanity, between us and the shadows stand the Knights of the Borrowed Dark. Unfortunately for Denizen, he's one of them…

‘Clear some time in your schedule before you read this, because once you start it is very difficult to stop.’Joseph Fink, Welcome to Nightvale

Beautifully written… Rudden has the eye and ear of an artist.’ Irish Independent

The world of flashy new series-based YA is very, very crowded waters at the moment Knights of the Borrowed Dark is a great big vicious shark that leaps out of the water at you. This could be huge.’ – Rick O’Shea, RTÉ Radio 1

‘The stuff of nightmares – in the best possible way.’Isabelle Broom, Heat Magazine

‘Dave Rudden is not a rising star – he’s a shooting star.’Eoin Colfer

Dave Rudden has brought author talks and creative writing workshops to over two hundred schools, libraries and festivals across Ireland and the UK. His work has appeared in the Guardian, the Stinging Fly and the Irish Times, and has been shortlisted for the Hennessey New Writing Prize and the Bath Short Story Prize. He is the recipient of the 2011 Fantasy Book Review Short Story Prize. His first novel, Knights of the Borrowed Dark, was the winner of the Specsavers’ Senior Children’s Book of the Year Award and the Most Read Novel at the School Library Association Great Reads Awards. The sequel The Forever Court is published this April. Dave enjoys keeping pens in his beard and being cruel to fictional children.

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

Dave’s photo is by Sean Conroy