Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of all readings in St Brendan’s School Hall and the Book Clinic in the Library.
Back by popular demand, Dave Lordan's legendary Words Allowed workshop for teenage writers returns to the festival in 2017 for the 7th year in a row. Designed to build the creative confidence and expressive ability of teenagers with an interest in writing it combines a high-energy workshop approach with talks and Q&A sessions on being a writer in the contemporary world where multimedia technologies and performance writing are assuming more importance alongside traditional book publishing. As well as covering traditional forms like poem, story, & song, Words Allowed introduces participants to the essentials of Youtubeing & online video production. In an atmosphere of group support and encouragement for individual creativity, each participant will be facilitated to pursue their own writing interests and to generate new work. The week will be rounded off with a special showcase reading of the participants' work. This is Ireland's leading workshop for teenage writers and demand is always high so please book early to avoid disappointment.
WORKSHOP Write a Stunning Story—Creative Writing Workshop with Jane Mitchell
Sat 15 July 10 - 11.30am | Age: 10-13 years | Bantry Library | FREE - Booking Required
This is an interactive workshop for a mixed group of budding young writers from 10-13 years of age. Jane Mitchell will introduce you to the shape of story, and will generate ideas using a collaborative whole-group approach. Once a group story has been started, you will then continue your individual story during the workshop. The emphasis will be on fun, participation and learning creative writing skills. While you should be able to write independently, perfect spelling is not expected. Please bring pens or pencils, paper and lots of imagination!
CHILDREN'S READING - A DANGEROUS CROSSING: JANE MITCHELL
Sat 15th July 3pm | Age 11+ | St. Brendan's School Hall | €6
Ghalib doesn’t want to leave his home.
But Syria has become too dangerous, and his family has no choice but to flee.
Running with his cousin through the blown-out shops and bombed stalls of Kobani’s old souq, 13 year old Ghalib Shenu feels invincible; until the pair of them are caught in a barrel-bomb explosion. Ghalib escapes serious injury but his parents decide they must flee the war, and so the family begins the long and dangerous journey from their home in Syria to Europe.
For readers aged 11+, A Dangerous Crossing is a beautifully written and fast-paced novel that follows Ghalib and his parents, brother, sister and grandmother, as they flee, coming under fire, encountering illegal border-breakers, experiencing life in a refugee camp, and ultimately braving a voyage in a boat that is far from seaworthy.
WORKSHOP THE BIG PICTURE WORKSHOP with LAUREATE NA nÓG PJ LYNCH
Mon 17th July 10 - 11.30am | AGE: 7-11 | Bantry Library | FREE - Booking Required
*** FULLY BOOKED ***
PJ Lynch was appointed the fourth Laureate na nÓg in May 2016. PJ was born in Belfast, and has worked as a children’s book illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in England in 1984. He has illustrated over twenty books, including modern editions of classic books such as Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.
CHILDREN'S READING - MOONSHINE AND MIRACLES with LAUREATE NA nÓG PJ LYNCH
Mon 17th July 3pm | Family Friendly | St. Brendan's School Hall | €6
Join Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch as he chats about his work as an illustrator.
Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council, administered by Children’s Books Ireland and with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Poetry Ireland.
THE BOOK CLINIC COMES TO BANTRY
Tue 18th July 9.30 - 12.30 | All Ages | Bantry Library | Free
Welcome to the Book Clinic. Have you finished a series and are you not sure what to read next? Just can’t find a book that interests you? Then the Book Clinic is the place to go! Young readers of all ages are invited to drop in and meet the Book Doctor – no appointment needed, and no nasty jabs or tablets, we promise. After a chat about your favourite books, comics or things to do, the doctor will write a prescription for your next reads. The Book Doctor has lots of ideas and there’s a book out there for everyone. The Book Clinic is brought to you by Children’s Books Ireland, the national children’s book organisation of Ireland. Their mission is to make books a part of every child’s life www.childrensbooksireland.ie.
CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP - THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC with DAVE RUDDEN
Wed 19th July 10 - 11.30am | Age 10-14 | Bantry Library | Free Booking Required
Every great fantasy story has one thing in common – they make us believe that magic could happen. Join award-winning fantasy author Dave Rudden (Knights of the Borrowed Dark, The Forever Court) as he shows you how to develop character, create magic systems and build worlds so real you'll want to visit them yourself.
Dave’s workshop will be for a maximum of fifteen children. Workshops are free and early booking is recommended. Please bring paper and a pen or pencil with you on the day.
CHILDREN'S READING - KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK & THE FOREVER COURT: DAVE RUDDEN
Wed 19th July 3pm | Age 8+ | St. Brendan's School Hall | €6
Knights of the Borrowed Dark is the first novel in a new trilogy about magic, monsters and a very stressed 13 year old. The second part of the trilogy The Forever Court is published this April. Join award-winning author Dave Rudden as he talks about how ideas are fish, books are staircases and how everyone can be a writer if they follow four simple rules. This talk features writing tips, advice on getting a book published, readings from both book and an audience Q & A and signing.
CHILRDEN'S READING - FOREVER GEEK: HOLLY SMALE
Thur 20th July 3pm | Age 11+ | St. Brendan's School Hall | €6
The FINAL book in the bestselling, award-winning GEEK GIRL series is here! And Holly Smale is also here! Harriet is on the trip of a lifetime Down Under, her to-do lists are gone and it’s Nat’s time to shine! Yet with nearly-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel-ex Nick. Is the fashion world about to turn ugly for GEEK GIRL?
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP - WRITING WORKSHOP with SIBÉAL POUNDER
Fri 21st July 10 - 11.30am | Age 7+ | Bantry Library | Free Booking Required
Join Sibéal Pounder for a fun character-crafting workshop. Find out all about how to put a new twist on established characters like witches or mermaids! Sibéal is the author of the bestselling Witch Wars. Her latest series, Bad Mermaids, publishes in summer 2017.
CHILDREN'S READING - SIBÉAL POUNDER: BAD MERMAIDS
Fri 21st July 3pm | Age 7+ | St. Brendan's School Hall | €6
Think you know all there is to know about Mermaids? Let Sibéal Pounder set the record straight with her fantastic new series, Bad Mermaids!
Mermaid Beattie and her best friends, Mimi and Zelda, are swimming home from their fortnight living on land – with legs. But Swirlyshell Lagoon is not the same bustling, shell-studded metropolis they left. Arabella Cod, Queen of the Mermaids, has gone missing and the mysterious Dradlina Swamp has seized power. Her army of piranha patrols the highways and every mermaid in town is at her mercy. Can Beattie, Brie and Zelda stop her and find the Queen of the Mermaids? The answer is more complicated than you might think!
Filled with magical mysteries, fabulous fashion, and a serious piranha problem, Bad Mermaids brings a whole new twist to the underwater world of mermaids.