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Malachy Doyle is an extremely talented, prize-winning author. He has written several picture books, novels and educational books.  In fact, he told me today, he has published 87 books.

 The Dancing Tiger won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Silver Award, and Cow won the English Association Award for Non-Fiction. Malachy lives on a little island off the coast of  County Donegal. 

He shared stories with children in Ashbourne library yesterday for Children’s Book Festival 2011.   Here he is reading from “The Football Ghosts” after giving an impromptu Elvis impression! 

Malachy Doyle in Ashbourne Library

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Malachy Doyle is visiting Ashbourne, Dunshaughlin, Kells and Oldcastle libraries this Thursday and Friday as part of Children’s Book Festival 2011.   He will entertain children of all ages with his stories.

Malachy Doyle has written numerous books for children of all ages.  His books have won many awards including the IBBY Honour Award and the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize, Silver Award.

Here’s Malachy’s advice for young writers

a. Use your own voice. Write the way you talk. Don’t try to be too clever or ‘literary’.
b. Write about things you care about, things that matter to you. Take some ‘real life’, add some ‘what if’.
c. Think about your characters: get to really know them.
d. Have an interesting, fast-moving beginning — try and get into the action straight away. Keep the energy of the story going all the way through, and round things off neatly at the end.
e. Stick at it. Craft it, till you’re proud of it — till it’s the best way to tell the story.
f. Write with energy and write with enjoyment — don’t forget, it’s supposed to be fun.
g. Read, read, read! Write, write, write!

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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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