iBbY Ireland is delighted to be a partner of the Dublin Book Festival now in its tenth year. The adult, children and schools programme is as rich and diverse as ever, and all events are now open to booking. You can find the full line up here, but here are a few highlights from the children's programme.
For those who fancy keeping the scary Halloween atmosphere alive for another while, Caroline Busher's writing workshop promises to be full of ghosts and haunted houses. Find out more here.
Áine Ní Ghlinn and Carol Betera will be launching their new book Hata Oisín with a reading, guided illustration and lots of surprises. More here.
Shane Casey will take budding authors through a wildlife writing workshop for anyone with a love of the natural world. Observation and imagination will both be brought into play for the greatest pleasure of both story- and facts-fans. Info here and there.
There will also be a Book Clinic and a Monster Doodle, a treasure hunt and the Winter Garden where families can curl up with a book (or twenty).
All events are free, but early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
This calendar was an initiative of iBbY Ireland who invited five other national sections to showcase some of the best children’s illustrations from each country. Estonia, Guatemala, Japan, Turkey and Zimbabwe joined us, and the result is this gorgeous perpetual calendar – perfect to note all those important birthdays, anniversaries, and other special annual dates.
You can now buy a copy (or two or more!) on our website, right here.
You couldn’t find much richer soil for an international storytelling competition than St Patrick’s Primary School in Celbridge, County Kildare. This week iBbY Ireland launched its ‘Once Upon a Folk Tale’ contest to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this wonderfully multicultural school that has sixteen nationalities represented in sixth class alone. During the launch, young competitors watched master storytellers from South Africa, the USA and of course the land of the seanchai.
Over the next six weeks, pupils will team up with their 'compatriots' to recreate and rehearse a traditional tale from their families' original country. Using mime and rhyme, food and music, props, costumes and any other creative tools, each country group will spin its yarn before an audience of schoolmates, teachers and parents at the competition in early December, to be judged by iBbY and local community members.
The team at Children's Books Ireland are reviving the venerable tradition of the table quiz this December and very generously donating all proceeds of the night to iBbY Ireland!
Knowledge of children's books will be rewarded, however, this quiz is for everyone with general knowledge questions to beat the band!
Come for the brain teasing and leave with some amazing spot prizes, from beautiful signed hard-back books to limited edition titles and lots in between.
Foley's full bar will be in operation on the night with CBI laying on finger food.
Mon 5 December 2016; 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Foley's Bar; 1 Merrion Row; Dublin 2
€20 for a table of 4 quizzers
Booking though Eventbrite, here.
We look forward to raising a glass with you!
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