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Alexander Gordon Smith visited Dublin and Ashbourne Library for the Childen’s Book Festival on Monday  and it sounds like he had a great time!

Getting to go on tour is one of the best parts of being an author, and there are certain places that I absolutely love to visit as much as possible – Edinburgh, New York, and of course Dublin. The first time I visited Dublin was a couple of years ago, and I flew in on St Patrick’s Day. My first event was on the morning after, and out of two schools that were supposed to show up one came with half a class, and the other one didn’t show up at all, apparently because the teachers were off sick…

It was still a wonderful experience, and I’ve been looking forward to coming back ever since, so I jumped at the chance to be part of the spectacular CBI Children’s Book Festival! My event took place in Ashbourne Library, and this time I had a full house of truly awesome pupils. I talked about writing, reading, making scary masks to cure writer’s block, playing video games, exploring haunted houses, coming up with ideas, how anybody can be a writer and, last but not least, how writing is the best job in the world because you get to shoot cow pats with shotguns and call it research.

There were some brilliant questions and a signing too. It was fantastic to see so much enthusiasm for books and for writing, and there were definitely some future bestselling writers in the audience. Remember, just never give up on your dreams! I followed this with an event at Wesley College, which was great fun (even though I had to fit my talk into twenty minutes, speaking non-stop at roughly thirty words a second, which I think left a few people dazed and confused). Thanks to everyone who came to my events, and to the delightful Aoife Murray for looking after me!

The day wasn’t over yet! I enjoyed pizza and drinks (and cake!) with David Maybury and Juliette Saumande from Inis Magazine, and I got invited to the premiere of Frankenweenie, which was great! It summed up why I love this city so much – it’s always full of pleasant surprises, fun and friendly people, great food and drink (and cake!), and endless laughter. And that’s just what you need when you’re a horror author and you spend all day holed up writing about monsters, mayhem and murder…

Thanks to CBI for inviting me over, and to the amazing people of Dublin for making me feel so welcome. Hopefully I’ll see you all again soon!

Guest blog thanks to CBI

 

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Week 3 of Children’s Book Festival 2012 began with a visit of author Alexander Gordon Smith to Ashbourne Library yesterday morning.  he was here to talk about The Fury, his latest series of books for children and teenagers.  Thanks to Faber and Children’s Books Ireland for assisting us with this event.
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Today sees local author/illustrator, Tatyana Feeney, in Athboy library talking about her gorgeous new picture book, Small Bunny’s blue blanket. It’s beautifully illustrated and a lovely book to share with the little ones in your life.

We’re very excited about the impending visit of  The 2 Steves (Skidmore and Barlow)to Meath libraries. They’re flying in from the UK on Wednesday night for 4 booked-out shows in Trim, Ashbourne and Oldcastle libraries.  Between them they’ve published over 150 books.  Their latest series, Action Dogs, is in the shops (and libraries) now.  They’ll be performing their iHero show which is a  lively and funny interactive literary game show based on their I Hero series.

It’s going to be a busy week!

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A not to be missed, sit on the edge of your seat event as Eoin Colfer takes you on an adrenaline fuelled exposé of teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl, and talks about the eagerly anticipated FINAL instalment in the Artemis Fowl series, Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian. There will be a book shop at this event.  Eoin will also sign books afterwards.

This is a FREE event but booking is essential through Ashbourne Library at (01) 8358185.   

Artemis Fowl is a phenomenally successful series of eight science fantasy novels, starring teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. Colfer once summed up the series as: “Die Hard” with fairies.

Eoin’s first book, Benny and Omar, was published back in 1998.  He has also written several other books such as The Supernaturalist and Airman.  Included in his legends series is every librarian’s favourite book…The Legend of Spud Murphy (a truly terrifying librarian!)

Eoin has also written books for adults.   He was commissioned to write the sixth instalment of Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy” entitled And Another Thing…He also also published Plugged, another book for adults last year. 

Eoin Colfer was born in Wexford in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (a primary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!

After leaving school he qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by a number of other books. Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

He says, “I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon”. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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Children’s Book Festival Events in Meath Libraries

 

The annual Children’s Book Festival takes place this October and is organised by Meath County Council’s Library Service.  All through October school children will visit Meath Libraries to see authors, illustrators, storytellers, and take part in drama and circus workshops throughout the county.

The festival will be launched at a public event in Ashbourne Library on Saturday 6th October by author Eoin Colfer, a not to be missed, sit on the edge of your seat event as Eoin takes you on an adrenaline fuelled exposé of teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl, and talks about the eagerly anticipated FINAL instalment in the Artemis Fowl series, Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian. Book your place at Ashbourne Library on 018358185.

We’re very excited about the visit of Anthony Horowitz to County Meath.  Anthony Horowitz is one of the UK And Ireland’s most popular contemporary children’s writers.  Both Alex Rider and The Power of Five are Number 1 Best-selling series.  His books have won numerous awards, including the Red House Children’s Book Award.  His Alex Rider books have sold over 13 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.   He will be promoting his latest book, Oblivion.  This is the fifth, and final, book in The Power of Five series. 

Award winning author Marita Conlon-McKenna, one of Ireland’s best selling novelists is also headlining the festival. Her children’s book ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’ has sold more than 500,000 copies.

Other visiting authors include Gerry Boland, David Donoghue, Tatyana Feeney, Alan Early, Brian Gallagher, Adrienne Geoghegan, Oisín McGann, Nicola Pierce, Joe O’Brien, Alexander Gordon Smith, Debbie Thomas, Alan Nolan, and Erika McGann.

This year the Library Service extends a warm welcome to comic authors Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore from the UK and the Celtic Rathskallions travelling all the way from Canada. The schoolchildren will also be entertained by the Cork Circus workshop using Indian puppetry, magic and music and Imagination Gym workshops.

RTE’s Tina Mation from the Den has also organised a colouring competition in all the libraries where children from 3 years to 9 years can enter and not only win a prize for themselves but also a fabulous school prize for the overall winners.

The Library Service is very grateful to the many local businesses that have sponsored the Festival such as the Newgrange Hotel, Brogans Hotel Trim, The Pillo Hotel Ashbourne and Trim Castle Hotel.

The festival runs throughout October and also includes some Halloween arts & crafts workshops in various libraries. For details on any of these events check with your local library or view the library webpage on http://www.meath.ie/ , ‘Meath County Library’ on Facebook or @MeathLibrary on Twitter.

 

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Meath County Council Library Service will host an author event with international author Lorna Byrne at Ashbourne Library on May 17th at 7pm.

A message of hope from the angelsLorna has written three books so far outlining her experiences with Angels over the years and messages of hope for all. Her first book ‘Angels in my hair’ was a huge success and her second book ‘Stairways to heaven’ topped the best seller lists all over Ireland and the world. Her latest book ‘A message of Hope from the angels’ is another best seller and all books are available from the library service.

 The event is part of the Library’s Bealtaine events in May.

 Lorna will be in conversation with executive librarian, Mary Murphy.  There will be time for questions from the audience on the night.  Books will be available to buy at the library from Eason Ashbourne.

As there is limited space available is it essential that anyone interested in attending this event must book with the library on 01 8358185. 

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Meath County Council Library Service & Meath County Council Arts Office has arranged a wide variety of events to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival this year. The Bealtaine Festival is held nationally in May each year and celebrates creativity among older adults

Events range from holistic and organic workshops to homeopathy and natural medicine workshops with Linda Boxwell in Slane and Duleek Libraries.

There are numerous musical events ranging from Musical Memories from The National Concert Hall, an evening with the County Council Choir and an Irish traditional music presentation on the history of Irish traditional Music in Meath from Anton MacGowan.

The Library Service has also organised art workshops, drama workshops, creative computing workshops and gardening workshops around the county. There is also a storytelling event on Irish legends with storytellers Nuala Hayes and Kate Corkery in Oldcastle, Duleek, Slane and Kells libraries.

Angels in my hairLorna Byrne, International bestselling author of ‘Angels in my hair’ will be visiting Ashbourne Library and discussing her books during this month. At the time of printing this event is fully booked with a reserve list in case of cancellation.

There are also ‘Trace your family tree’ workshops running in Trim, Navan, Dunboyne and Ashbourne Libraries by Local studies Librarian Tom French.

Ashbourne, Dunboyne and Navan Libraries are offering Silver Surfer Sessions, where members of the public can book one to one IT sessions, on searching the web or setting up new email accounts with the Librarian.

There is also a wide range of exhibitions in our libraries from local artists to photo exhibitions. Our libraries have also ordered in new audio books and large print books for the festival.

Brochures and details of all these events are available in any Meath Library and via the library website at http://www.meath.ie/ . All events are free of charge but booking is essential.

 

 

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Meath County Council Library Service have organised number of events running this month to celebrate Science week. Science week  runs from 14- 18th November and the Library has invited schools to attend some great events this year.

‘OMG the Universe is Elemental’ workshops are running in Dunboyne, Navan, Oldcastle and Trim Libraries during the week and these cover elements in the stars, meteors and elements in a star’s birth. These workshops are very kindly sponsored by Forfás.

In Ashbourne Library there will be a Crime Scene Investigation workshop for students from secondary schools which look at how forensics is used in crime scenes. The workshop also includes a chance for some of the students to get suited and booted and go into a pre constructed crime scene to identify and retrieve forensic evidence. The talk will be given CSI World from Leicestershire in the UK and is sponsored by Meath County Council’s Arts office.

Science week is a National event run every year in November.

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