The National Children’s Literary Festival at Listowel Writers’ Week runs in conjunction with the main Festival and is jam-packed with events for children of all ages and their families. It features an alternative cultural school tour, Authors in Schools Day, workshops, picnics, book clinics and most importantly – Chocolate! Authors starring at the Festival will include John Boyne, Alan Early, Siobhán Parkinson, Sarah Webb, Steve Simpson, Claire Hennessy and 12-year-old Joe Prendergast.
The fun begins on Thursday 29th May with School Tour Day – a fun-filled day of books, music and comedy and includes a Walkabout by the exciting and thunderous Fanzini Brothers. Next up is Drum Dance Ireland. Drum Dance is packed with games and activities using a huge variety of massive drums and percussion instruments (bring along your own drum if you wish!) A must for all Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans is The Wimpy Kid Show, with host Alastair Watson bringing the books to life with lots of fun activities. Celebrated children’s authors including John Boyne and Sarah Webb will be attending Authors in Schools Day on the Friday. John Boyne is the author of eight novels for adults and four for young readers, most recently Stay Where You Are And Then Leave set during the First World War. His 2006 novel The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas was made into a Miramax feature film and won a host of international literary awards.
Sarah Webb writes for both children and adults. A former children’s bookseller, her Ask Amy Green series has been shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Awards in the UK (twice) and the Irish Book Awards. Sarah combines writing with visiting schools, programming festivals and teaching creative writing. She will be hosting a Write-A-Rama Workshop for ten-year olds and over and Playground Games & Nursery Rhymes in the Town Square. And for all chocolate lovers, (and let’s be honest – who doesn’t LOVE chocolate?) there’s a chance to join chocolatiers from Skilligs Chocolates and learn how to make the stuff! And all because it’s an incredible 50 years since Roald Dahl published his much-loved book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There will also be a Chocolatey Treasure Hunt – unwrap the candy-coated clues throughout the town to get your hands on the winning golden ticket.
There are Workshops galore for all ages including the Big Smoke Creative Writing Factory with Claire Hennessy, a Band Poster Workshop with award-winning illustrator and designer Steve Simpson, a Drama Workshop with Jo Jordan and a Mother and Child Workshop with Sarah Murphy. All these Workshops and many more… The very popular Teddy Bear’s Picnic is returning for its second year and will feature stories from local authors Hellen Bernard and Anthony Garvey along with the energetic Stomping In The Woods show by Ruti Lachs. Anthony Garvey will present The Dark Green Book of Dreams Storytelling. Four children are asked to write a story for a mysterious substitute teacher but their adventures become real, taking them on an exciting journey through time from Ancient Egypt into the future. This is Anthony’s first published work and he is currently working on his second project. If you’d like to be a part of Anthony’s next book, you can enter a competition on www.quinngarveypr.com
The Dan Keane Memorial Primary School Poetry Competition Awards Ceremony in association with The Kerryman will take place on Sunday 1st June at Listowel Community Centre at 3.30pm. You can download a copy of the National Children’s Literary Festival Programme at https://writersweek.ie/ww2017/2015/kids . If you would like a paper copy please contact us on 068 21074 and we will put one in the post. Bookings for ALL events through our Box Office 068 21074. Exciting times indeed!