The National Children’s Literary Festival: Programme Now Open for Booking

Buibolg 1We all remember the books we enjoyed as children. Many of them have stayed with us, if not physically, then as photographic imprints in our memories, all because of the special impact they had on us. If you wish to introduce, foster and nurture that same delight of the written word in your own children or the children you teach then be sure to remember these important dates: 

28th – 31st May 2015

On that note, we are thrilled to announce that the full programme for The National Children’s Literary Festival, which runs in conjunction with Listowel Writer’s Week, is now available for booking here

An exciting feature of this year’s festival is the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We will have two excellent Dance Workshops on Saturday 30th May for both 6-8 and 9-12 year olds.

Whether your children are toddlers or teenagers, we invite you to join us to take part a wide variety of imaginative and interactive readings and workshops where you can expect noisy times and quiet times alike. Your children will be encouraged to express themselves and their self-confidence will be boosted as they enhance their skills of listening, questioning, illustrating, performing and writing.

Here’s a small selection of what’s in store:

Thursday 28th May

Joe Prendergast and Philip Ardagh
Joe Prendergast and Philip Ardagh

Meet Philip Ardagh, author of The Grunts and 100 other award-winning books. Age: 6-8 years


Sarah Webb

Best-selling writer Sarah Webb presents Emma the Penguin. Age 6-8 years


Friday 29th May

Hagwitch with Marie Louise Fitzpatrick, which won last year’s CBI’s Book of the Year Award. Age: 9-12 years

Bookworm Bus – Storytime with Joe Prendergast ‘Dead End’. Joe is 12 years old and has already written two books The Great Fragola Brothers and a sequel The Great Fragola Brothers – The Twisted. Age: 8-12 years

Saturday 30th May

Alice in Wonderland Dance Workshops with Clarissa Michaux, Director of The Academy of Dance. Age: 6-8 and 9-12 years

baby boogie imageBaby Boogie with Jo Jordan is 45 minutes of high energy music, singing and movement for parents and their young children – a real fun experience. Age: 1-4 years (children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Sunday 31st May

Computer Skills Workshop. TechSpace will help your children learn the most popular and useful tool for graphic design – Adobe Photoshop. Age: 10-15 years

Craft Workshops with Muiriosa Murphy will use old story books and comics to create wonderful designs, letting your children’s imagination run wild. Age: 6-8 and 8-12 year olds

Muiriosa Murphy
Muiriosa Murphy Craft Workshops

There will be a fun Frozen Singalong to close the festival at 12 noon. Suitable for all ages, it’s a great way to close to festival. (Young children must be accompanied by an adult.)

FrozenAll this and much more… So much fun and so many awesome events, and above all, your children will be provided with the building blocks for a future love of literature that will continue into future generations.

‘The prime function of the children’s book writer is to write a book that is so absorbing, exciting, funny, fast and beautiful that the child will fall in love with it. And that first love affair between the young child and the young book will lead hopefully to other loves for other books and when that happens the battle is probably won.’ Roald Dahl

For a hard copy of the programme please call Maria on 068 21074 or you can download it by clicking on the image below. Let the Magic begin! We look forward to seeing you in May.

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