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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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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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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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This exciting session is presented by popular Irish authors Judi Curtin, Oisin McGann and Sarah Webb.  The three authors will cover the basics of creating stories, generating ideas, research, creating characters and plots, all presented in a theatrical style. 

From "The evil hairdo" by Oisin McGann

Solstice Arts Centre is kindly hosting this event to cater for the huge demand.

More than 300 local schoolchildren will get to see their favourite authors as part of Children’s Book Festival 2011. 

Antonia’s Bookstore will provide a pop-up bookshop after the event so children can buy books and get them personally signed.

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Andy Briggs with some wild jungle animals!

Last week author Andy Briggs  swung by Solstice Arts Centre in Navan to tell us all about his latest book Tarzan:The Greystoke legacy. 

He brought the audience of 300 kids on a jungle safari, complete with jungle sounds and animal roars.  The highlight of the morning for most kids was the jungle survival quiz (which most of them spectacularly failed)! 

 

 

 

See if you get this one right:

You’re trekking through the jungle-when you suddenly fall into quicksand! What will you do?

(a) Swim

(b) Lie back and relax

(c) Try to jump out

Jungle Survival Quiz

 
 
 
Answer in the photo

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Andy Briggs brings Tarzan alive for a new generation!

With the blessing of the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, comes a Tarzan for the 21st century. Andy Briggs, the author of Villain.net talks warring guerrillas, poaching, illegal logging and the environment, before putting your survival knowledge to the test.

As well as being an author for children and young adults, Andy is a screenwriter – working on numerous movies and TV shows both in the US and around the world.  He has also moved to the other side of the table and is tackling the new role as a producer with several movies in development.

Andy is visiting Solstice Arts Centre  tomorrow morning as part of Children’s Book Festival 2011 to talk about his work and celebrate his new version of the classic story of Tarzan.

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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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