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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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Scholastic and Red House have launched the Big Book Babble . They’re going to be bringing top children’s authors straight to the classroom or library – LIVE!Big_Book_Babble_logo

The aim of Big Book Babble is to encourage children to enjoy reading, so each programme will feature popular children’s authors interviewed by comedian James Campbell. The programmes will also highlight work submitted by children and include a profile of a second author, illustrator or poet, plus a Q&A session involving both the live and the virtual audience.

Andy Stanton, author of the hit Mr Gum series, was featured in their first show on Tuesday 24th January. He was joined by Liz Pichon, author of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates which won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011. Interviews with Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt and Charlie Higson are also up online. Authors scheduled for the coming months include Francesca Simon, Anthony Horowitz and Steve Cole.

It’s a great opportunity for children to see books come to life with their favourite authors. You can prepare them in advance with free teacher resources or even submit questions to the authors! It’s absolutely FREE – all you need to do is register and you’ll be able to watch all the programmes.

 The Big Book Babble show will be streamed live promptly at 11am and lasts approx. 30 minutes.

The programmes are aimed at primary school children aged 7 to 11

You can sign up to the Big Book Babble newsletter and you’ll be kept up-to-date with news of the authors, illustrators and poets who are being featured in each show.

You can submit a question for the live Q&A session by filling  out an online form.

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