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Anthony-Horowitz-colour_jpg_595We’re very excited about the visit of Anthony Horowitz to Meath County Council Library Service.  As part of our annual Children’s Book Festival, Horowitz will visit Solstice Arts Centre on Friday October 12th at 10.30am.

Antonia’s Bookstore in Trim will have a pop-up bookstore there on the morning.  Anthony Horowitz will be signing books afterwards.

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.oblivion anthony horowitz

There is very limited availability for this event.  Please phone Navan Library at 046 9021134 for bookings and more information.

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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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CRYPTOZOOLOGY. What the heck is THAT? I find it’s most often the kids and not the teachers who know the answer to that one!

Last month myself and Vanessa (my heroine, flawed but very adventurous and clever, as opposed to just flawed) Meath libraries – Ashbourne, Dunboyne and Dunshaughlin to find out just who knew what about Cryptids (creatures like Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster) and cryptozoology (the hunt for these creatures). The questions were fantastic and they seemed to love hearing about the research and science behind the Loch Ness hunt. Some of them have sworn to go after the €50,000 reward that is still up for grabs. I’m definitely making them share it with me though!

Next week we’re hitting the Dublin libraries – Dolphin’s Barn, Raheny, Coolock and Inchicore. This time Vanessa has got herself got all caught up with vampire bats and the Chupacabra (the WHAT!?) in Mexico, and I’ll be reading about her adventures in my second book in the Crytpid Files which is called Mexican Devil. Hope I get some more off the wall questions, the ones that literally make you stop and think. Like how fast exactly can a vampire bat drink cow’s blood? As fast as a baby kitten can lap up milk I believe.

My thanks to all the kids who show such interest and the teachers and the librarians, who without exception, have been fantastic!

Courtesy of Children’s Books Ireland

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Tom Palmer ends his tour of Meath libraries with a trip to Oldcastle library

Children from Gilson NS and Knocktemple NS took part in his Football Reading Game.

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Tom Palmer is busy touring Meath libraries this week-the final week of Children’s Book Festival 2011. 

Tom made it over to us from the U.K. despite the dreadful weather. 

He talked about his two series of books-Foul Play and Football Academy.  He also spoke about his new book Scrum!

He entertained children in Navan and Ashbourne libraries this morning with his Football Reading Game.  Children had to answer football-related questions from today’s papers and from magazines and books.  The kids who answered correctly went into a penalty shoot-out  contest to win the Football Reading Trophy.

He answered lots of interesting quesions from the children and signed autographs and books. 

All the schools were supplied with an advance pack of materials, activities, sample chapters and posters and a selection of his books. 

Here are some photos from Ashbourne Library

 

 

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The Ideas Shop Hits Navan

Writer, Sarah Webb reports

On Thursday 13th October we arrived at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan to be greeted by the lovely Maedhbh from the library services. After tucking into tea and toast in the café with fellow Ideas Shoppers, Judi Curtin and Oisin McGann, we all set up our props and waited for the 350 school children to take their seats.

They came from all over Meath, a lovely mix of schools. As we waited nervously backstage, they spilled into the front seats, grinning, and we sneaked a few peaks through the black curtains at their faces. Waiting backstage for an event to start is nerve wracking and I’m always jingling with nerves – will I be OK, will the audience laugh at the right places, will they ask any questions? On this occasion there was nothing at all to worry about, the Meath audience were completely engaged and watched and listened eagerly from the very beginning.

We each spoke first about growing up and what inspired us to be writers. We had a Memory Box on stage – a great big wooden box filled with all our memories. For me it was books I loved as a child, my tutu and ballet shoes and ballet fuzzy felt; for Judi one of her old dolls (very unloved as she pointed out!), old books and diaries; for Oisin an art kit, books, and his special memories of driving diggers and playing in building sites. Oisin lives in Meath and he was a big hit, especially with the boys!

Next we spoke a little about how we write a book – I talked about research and the role that plays in my work, and meeting the elephants in Dublin Zoo; Judi explained how a book is like a Russian Doll, full of different parts (or dolls) that all fit together to produce a story; and Oisin drew a very fab skeleton which he covered in clothes and explained how you add things to the ‘bones’ of a story, a bit like dressing the skeleton.

And finally we all talked about how books live on through our readers – YOU! Which was followed by a lively question and answer session and a super signing.

It was a real pleasure to meet so many fantastic young readers and thanks to CBI, and most especially Maedhbh and her team for organising the event so beautifully.

And look out for me, Judi and Oisin – we’ll be doing some more Ideas Shops very soon.

Sarah Webb XXX

http://www.askamygreen.com or http://www.sarahwebb.ie for more info

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