Listowel Writers’ Week Children’s Festival

Here at Listowel Writers’ Week we recognise that the future of the festival rests ultimately in the hands of our young people and children and in recognition of this fact, we’ve been putting all our efforts into developing the Children’s programme of events over the past few years. This year, for the first time, we’re thrilled to present a separate stand-alone Children’s Brochure. It looks fabulous, it’s colourful and it’s exciting! But more importantly, it’s packed full of stimulating and fun-filled events for children of all ages. Starring in this year’s line-up will be Sarah Webb, who will step back into Jane Austen’s time and host a “dress-up” mother & daughter afternoon.  Darren Shan, one of the country’s best known children’s authors will be in the Big Top on Sunday 2nd June, and always guarantees a super performance. There will be workshops given by Roisin Meaney, Alice D’Arcy and Lisa Fingleton on bookmaking, animation and creative writing. There will be treasure hunts, teddy bear picnics, circus performances and more – all of which will keep the little people entertained for the duration of the festival.

Here’s a taster of what’s in store:

Storytelling with Wendy Brosnahan and Hellen Bernard (Ages: 3-5 year olds)cd cover for larry lartigue

Listowel’s unique Lartigue Monorail will be transformed by Wendy Brosnahan and Hellen Bernard and become “Larry Lartigue” for delightful creative stories about the life of this unique little train.


Baby Boogie FRI SAT& SUNBaby Boogie (Ages: 1-4 year olds)

 45 minutes of high energy music, singing and movement for parents and their young children with nursery rhymes, musical instruments and songs.


CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory’s Stardome  (Suitable for all ages)SD with Moon background & students. Credit Claire Keogh

A mobile, inflatable Planetarium brings the night sky to you! As the night sky is lit up overhead, look up and be  transported to infinity and beyond. Shows run every hour – on the hour.



Book Launch by Maria Burke

 Maria lives in Cork with her husband and eleven year old son. She’s a writer, radio presenter and artist. Her love of storytelling started when she was working as a primary school teacher.  This is Maria’s first novel and the first in the Ark of Dun Ruah series. Her next book, Protectors of the Flame will be published in September 2013.

The Happy Artist jpgBookmaking with the Happy Artist (Ages: 8-10 year olds)

Stimulating and fun creative opportunities for all ages to enjoy. Bookmaking, drawing, photography, animation and film.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic (Suitable for all ages)

 A fun get-together for children who enjoy books and reading. The Kerry School of Music Orchestra will provide entertainment and special guest Roisin Meaney will read from some favourite characters from the magical world of books.

 My Big Fat Bug Weddingbigfatbugwedding-00003

Celebrate diversity, with a musical tale of the wedding of a Chinese firefly to an Irish grasshopper, narrated by Charles Darwin.  This unique, colourful and fun show for all the family is performed by the Kerry-based IO Disability Arts Collective Disability Arts Group.


Ricky the Rapper (Ages: 11-13 year olds)

Ricky has been rapping for the past two years and writes songs about life events and how he got bullied as a child.  He’s 17 years old.


amy5Interactive Writing Workshop with Author Sarah Webb (Ages: 10 – 16 year olds)


Literary Treasure Hunt with Billy Keane (Suitable for all ages)



Big Top Ghosties & Vampire Day with guests including bestselling children’s author Darren Shan


Operation Education is a new Listowel Writers’ Week Initiative which aims to create an entertaining, stimulating, second level programme in the convivial and fun setting of a world class literary festival and will feature the following:

  •  Meet and Mingle with John Montague & Kevin McDermott


  • The Freedom of Writing with Dave Lordan

Ré Ó Laighléis



O’ Laighleis Live with Ré Ó Laighléis (left)



  • Inside the Teenage Mind with Deirdre Sullivan & Geraldine Meade

Calling all Second Level Teachers. Register you school today for Ireland’s first National Interactive Book Club to be launched in September 3013 by Minister for the Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan. Kick-starting in early October, the first book will be Holes by Louis Sachar.

In an imaginative collaboration with Fighting Words, Listowel Writers’ Week will host a series of Creative Writing Workshops in the atmospheric surroundings of the Cinemobile. Fighting Words is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love.

Visit Operation Education link on to check out our LIVE Unplugged interviews with child and teen authors.

For full details of these and all our children’s events click here Children’s Programme