Children's Book Festival 2021

01 October 2021 / News
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We have a great line-up of authors and illustrators who will be ‘zooming’ in to dlr Libraries for Children’s Book Festival this October! 

For families, there will be exclusive videos from Alan Nolan, Oisín McGann, Paddy Donnelly, Shane Hegarty & Sheena Dempsey available on the dlr YouTube channel throughout the Festival month.

Keep an eye on our website and our social media for information about staff storytimes, arts and crafts workshops and other events celebrating CBF in October.

For your school or class to join in these lively, interactive online events please register your interest by emailing Bookings will open on Monday 20 September at 9.00am

Online events for schools:

Bad Panda with Swapna Haddow & Sheena Dempsey
Fri 1 Oct
10.00-10.45am 1st to 3rd Class

Bad Panda is the brilliantly funny new book written by Swapna Haddow and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey. In this live event Swapna (who lives in New Zealand) and Sheena will share their new book with you, show you how to draw Bad Panda and answer your questions in a live Q and A. You might even get to meet Swapna’s dog and see where she works!

Shane Hegarty
Thurs 7 Oct
10.00-10.45am 2nd & 3rd Class
11.30am-12.15pm 4th & 5th Class

Shane will bring children on an adventure through ideas: where he finds his and - more importantly - where they can find ideas for their own stories. Shane Hegarty is the writer of the 'Darkmouth' series, about a town invaded by monsters and the kid who is supposed to save everyone, and the 'Boot' series about a lost toy robot.

The Magical History Event with Judi Curtin & Sarah Webb
Mon 11 Oct
11am -11.45am  4th-6th Class

Judi and Sarah are great friends in real life and very much enjoy doing events together. This autumn they have both published books set in Ireland in the early 20th century.

They will bring the past alive and share their passion for history and writing with the audience. Lily’s Dream by Judi Curtin is set in 1914. Will the war in Europe change Lily’s life as a housemaid at Lissadell? Can her friendship with rich girl Maeve survive?

Sarah’s new book, The Little Bee Charmer of Henrietta Street is set in 1911. It’s the story of brother and sister, Eliza and Jonty who move from leafy Rathmines to a tenement flat on Henrietta Street in Dublin’s city centre. Will they ever feel at home in their new flat? Will they find new friends?

A Short Hopeful Talk About Climate Change with Oisín McGann
Thurs 14 Oct
10.00-10.45am 4th to 6th Class

Oisín takes a look at some of the fascinating facts around climate change; how so many different parts of our world are connected with each other. For the first time, we are starting to act as a species for the good of our planet, and he wants to show what climate change is teaching us about the environment that makes our world so beautiful and unique.

5-4-3-2-1 Chun Siúil! With Máire Zepf & Paddy Donnelly (Irish/English event)
Fri 15 Oct
10.00-10.45am  1st & 2nd Class

Join author-illustrator team Máire Zepf and Paddy Donnelly on a journey into space with their new picturebook Míp, inspired by Mars rover 'Opportunity'. If rockets, robots and aliens are your thing, then buckle up for an interactive zoom workshop that will merge storytelling, brainstorming and live illustration. This will be a bilingual event in Irish and English.

A Mudlarker’s Guide to Story-Starting with Eve McDonnell
Mon 18 Oct
10.00-11.00am 3rd & 4th Class
11.30am-12.30pm 5th & 6th Class

Eve McDonnell is the author of Elsetime. Imagine if you could tell a treasure’s story by holding it in your hand! Eve is a seasoned treasure hunter and gets inspiration from all kinds of things – from a cracked marble or a piece of pottery. In this workshop she will share some of her found treasure with you and show how you can use found treasure to spark your imagination to create a story or poem.

Scary Irish Spooks and Monsters with Alan Nolan
Wed 20 Oct
10.00-10.45am 1st to 3rd Class
11.30am-12.15pm 4th to 6th Class

Did you know that Vampires are Irish? Or that Dracula is actually from Dublin? Join author and illustrator Alan Nolan as he talks about icky Irish monsters, from bats to banshees and from pookas to pixies! Learn how to draw some scary monsters in this super fun Hallowe’en themed live online event.


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