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Children’s Book Festival Programme 2012

All libraries in County Meath are gearing up for Children’s Book Festival 2012 with events planned covering the entire month of October. One hundred events are planned to spark the imagination of young readers!


We have everything from readings by popular authors, to writing and comics workshops, plus storytelling and competitions as part of the line-up.
artemis fowl last guardian


Headlining this year’s festival are Anthony Horowitz who published the last book in his
Power of Five Series, Oblivion, Marita Conlon McKenna (The Children of the Famine Trilogy), and literary superstar Eoin Colfer who will be celebrating the publication of the last title in his phenomenally successful Artemis Fowl series, Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian. The 2 Steves (Skidmore and Barlow) visit us from the UK. Between them they’ve published over 150 books. Another author visiting us from the UK is Alexander Gordon Smith, author of the terrifying Escape from Furnace series.

Other authors visiting individual library branches include Alan Early whose first book Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent has enjoyed extensive media coverage and has been hailed as the Irish Percy Jackson. Alan Nolan will be here as well with his graphic including The Big Break Detectives Casebook, Death by Chocolate and Six Million Ways to Die published by O’Brien Press and there’s more…

Nicola Pierce will give four readings based on her novel Spirit of the Titanic, now in its fifth reprint since publication last year. And staying with Titanic, Michel Moylan’s Irish History Live will present an interactive show to his audiences on the making of the ship, how it was powered, the class system on board, how the ship sank and more. Michael’s living history shows never fail to enthral his audiences and are booked out on announcement whenever he comes to Meath.

Other authors who will celebrate this year’s festival with us include Gerry Boland, Joe O’Brien, Erika McGann, Tatyana Feeney, Chris Judge and Oisin McGann and CBI Children’s Book of the Year winner Celine Kiernan.

Storytellers Billy Teare and Kathleen O’Sullivan are regular performers at Meath’s Children’s Book Festival and never fail to entertain and delight audiences of all ages with their folktales, myths and legends, from all around the world. We’re also delighted to welcome The Storytelling Caravan to Meath for the first time

Hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced artists are always popular and this year classes can choose from creative writing workshops with Debbie Thomas and Paula Leyden, illustration master classes with Adrienne Geoghegan, or comic book workshops with Alan Nolan.

Tina-Mation has come on board yet again for our annual colouring competition. Entry forms can be picked up at your local library. There are some great arty prizes for the winners and their schools.

By visiting the Children’s Books Ireland’s website children can find out how they might win fabulous prizes for their school by designing a book jacket or writing a short story

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Don’t forget to visit your local library and keep an eye on www.meath.ie/library for full details of all events.

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Hope everyone enjoyed the toy show last night. 

Here’s the list of books that were featured on the show.  They are available to borrow or reserve in Meath libraries.  Why not try before you buy?

  • Winnie The Witch series by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul
  • Mr. Men and Little Miss Treasury by Roger Hargreaves
  • Mr. Men and Little Miss Complete Collection by Roger Hargreaves
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not
  • Discover the Extreme World
  • Marshmallow Skye by Cathy Cassidy
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer by Derek Landy
  • Dork Diaries Deluxe by Rachel Renée Russell
  • Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
  • Lego Ninjago Brickmaster
  • Lego Ideas Book
  • Guess How Much I Love you Pop Up by Sam McBratney
  • Hank Zipzer Bind-up: The World’s Greatest Underachiever Takes on the Universe by Henry Winkler
  • Harry Potter: Stage to Screen by Bob McCabe
  • The Lonely Beast Chris Judge
  • Sally Go Round The Stars edited by Sarah Webb
  • Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  • Dathanna agus cruthanna le Ciara Ní Dhuinn
  • Comhrá le Ciara Ní Dhuinn
  • Uimhreacha le Ciara Ní Dhuinn
  • An tIndiach nach raibh ábalta rith le Leigh Sauerwein
  • An Lámh in uachtar le Hervé Mestron
  • Oíche Mhaith a Bhanphrionsa le Leigh Sauerwein

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Chris Judge visited Navan and Trim libraries this morning to talk to school children about his first picture book The Lonely Beast.  The children from Baile Ghibb and St Mary’s GNS also got a sneak preview of Chris’s latest story-The Great Explorer-to be published next year. 

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Children’s Book Festival enters its third week.

Chris Judge is an illustrator and painter based in Dublin.   The Lonely Beast is his first picture book for children and was published earlier this year. 

He will be visiting  Navan, Trim, Dunboyne and Dunshaughlin libraries today and tomorrow.  His 40-minute session will include a mix of reading and drawing.  These workshops have been pre-booked by local schools.


From a review by Kim Harte

The Lonely Beast is the first picture book for children by up-and-coming Irish illustrator Chris Judge It’s about a solitary beast who enjoys gardening, reading, standing in the rain and baking. One day he suddenly feels very lonely and sets out to find others like him. His determination to find friends takes him on an epic journey over the mountains and across the sea and to the city where the people dwell. 

The Beast is a solid, black shape on the page, which puts him at odds with his vibrantly coloured surroundings. The story broaches themes of loneliness and belonging which I think will strike a chord with children who are starting playschool or primary school and making friends for the first time. Judge’s work is strongly influenced by comic artists, particularly Herge, and this is a highly original debut from an exciting emerging Irish talent.’

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The annual Children’s book festival by Meath County Council Library Service kicks off this Monday (October 3rd).  All through October school children will visit Meath Libraries to see authors, illustrators, storytellers, and take part in drama and poetry workshops throughout the county.

The festival will be launched this week by Author/Illustrator Oisín McGann in Ashbourne and Navan Libraries where Oisín will host comic book workshops for the children.

Other visiting authors include Judi Curtin, Sarah Webb, Malachy Doyle, Nicola Pierce, Chris Judge, and Debbie Thomas.

This year the Library Service extends a warm welcome to Authors Tom Palmer and Andy Briggs from the UK and the Celtic Rathskallions travelling all the way from Canada.

The schoolchildren will also be entertained by Penelope Moorhead’s creative drama workshops and poetry workshops hosted by Tom French.

Competition

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.

Sponsors

The Library Service is very grateful to the many local businesses that have sponsored the Festival such as the Newgrange Hotel, The Headfort Arms Hotel, Brogans Hotel Trim, The Ashbourne Marriott hotel and Trim Castle Hotel, Children’s Books Ireland and Solstice Arts Centre.

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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Children's Book Festival 2011 Poster

Children's Book Festival 2011 Poster

The Children’s Book Festival kicks off next month across the library network with 89 events to cater for all interests and age groups. – We’re looking forward to the penalty shoot-outs with soccer fanatic Tom Palmer, and Tarzan will be swinging from the rafters in Solstice promoting the revamped series by Andy Briggs.

We have plenty of home-grown talent too with return appearances from the much-loved Judi Curtin, Sarah Webb and Oisin McGann.

New to the festival programme are first-time children’s authors Nicola Pierce, Chris Judge and Debbie Thomas.

For the comic books fans we have some interesting comic book workshops running in a number of our libraries.

Finally we have storytellers, drama workshops, poetry writing and Canadian dance and music to wrap it all up. Enjoy!

All events are FREE.

Bookings via your local library.

Bookings are for schools only.

Children’s Book Festival Events in Meath Libraries 2011

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