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Dublin Book Festival 2020 – Children and Family Events

November 27 - December 6

Free
Dublin Book Festival 2020

Halloween may be over, but this does not mean you need to decorate the Christmas tree now to keep the spirits up (unless you really want to). We have something else to look forward to, it is the Dublin Book Festival 2020!

The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006 and this year it will take place online from 27 November – 6 December.

Childrens-final-icon, Dublin Book FestivalThis FREE festival presents an amazing opportunity to engage and inspire children’s curious minds. With a variety of workshops, storytelling and draw-along, there is something for every child!

The Dublin Book Festival also provides a selection of events as part of the School Programme.

The annual public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors – all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment that reflects the creativity and personality of the Irish publishing sector and its authors.

 


1. The Dead Zoo with Peter Donnelly

Peter-Donnelly, Dead Zoo, Dublin Book Festival28 November, 10:00 am – 10:15 am

What happens in the Natural History Museum at night? Are any of the animals actually alive? Who owns the museum? Join author and illustrator Peter Donnelly and all of the four-legged, feathered and finned inhabitants of the Natural History Museum for some wild fun as he reads from his new book, The Dead Zoo (Gill Books). Let your cheeky little monkeys go wild drawing some of the animals from the book in a draw-along with Peter afterwards.

Peter Donnelly is an Irish author and award-winning illustrator. His debut picture book The President’s Glasses (Gill Books) was a No. 1 bestseller and his second book The President’s Cat (Gill Books) won the Children’s Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. Peter lives and works in Dublin.

Register for this FREE event here.


2. Listen Now Again: Notebook Making Workshop

Notebook-Making-Workshop-With-Banner, Dublin Book Festival28November, 11:00 am

Age 7 – 12

Seamus Heaney wrote many of his famous poems in notebooks, which can be seen in the ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’ exhibition. Join Jenny from the Education Team at the National Library of Ireland for this special children’s workshop in which you will learn to make notebooks. Then fill the notebooks with your own poems, stories or drawings!

Materials required: cardboard, A4 sheet of plain paper, coloured paper or wrapping paper, glue stick and scissors.

This is a pre-recorded online workshop.

Register for this FREE event here.


3. The Great Irish Farm Book

Great-Irish-Farm-Book, Dublin Book Festival29 November, 11:00 am – 11:15 am

In partnership with Farmleigh Estate
Suitable for all the family!

How many pigs are there in Ireland? How long does pregnancy last in horses? What is the most widely grown crop in Ireland? Darragh McCullough answers all of these questions and more in his new picture book, The Great Irish Farm Book (Gill Books). Join Darragh and illustrator Sally Caulwell – along with some furry, four-legged friends – for this online event at Farmleigh Estate. In this event, you’ll find out all sorts of crazy facts about farm animals, and you’ll also learn how to draw them by taking part in a draw-along with Sally.

Register for this FREE event here.


4. Bedtime Christmas Stories Ep.1

Dublin Book Festival-Christmas-Stories30 November, 2020 , 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

In partnership with Farmleigh House
Santa’s elves have been working with the team here at Dublin Book Festival to bring your little ones some Christmas cheer during this year’s festival. We welcome you and your children to five nights of cosiness and warmth as you curl up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate to listen to our series of Bedtime Christmas Stories. Why not choose your own Christmas stories afterwards and read them together?
Dublin Book Festival Bedtime Stories Series will take place in the evenings from Monday 30th November.

In this first episode, join Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu by the fireplace in the festive surrounds of Farmleigh House tonight at 6:30pm as she reads Reindeer Down! (O’Brien Press), written by Natasha Mac a’Bháird and illustrated by Audrey Dowling.
Santa’s sleigh is flying over Ireland, delivering presents to all the boys and girls. But then Dancer hurts her leg and can’t pull the sleigh. What will Santa do?

Register for this FREE event here.


5. Bedtime Christmas Stories Ep.2

1 December, 2020 , 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

In partnership with Laureate na nÓg and Farmleigh House

In this second episode, join Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn by the fireplace in the festive surrounds of Farmleigh House at 6:30pm.

The sleigh is packed. The reindeer are excited. Santa has checked his list and checked it twice. He is all set to go. Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn reads her festive poem Daidí na Nollag for children of all ages and the young at heart.

Register for this FREE event here.


6. Bedtime Christmas Stories Ep.3

3 December, 2020 , 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

In partnership with Farmleigh House

In this third episode, join one of Ireland’s most beloved authors Marian Keyes by the fireplace in the festive surrounds of Farmleigh House tonight at 6:30pm as she reads a fun Christmas story for all the family! Marian will be reading Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn’s Christmas by Rhiannon Fielding, illustrated by Chris Chatterton.

Register for this FREE event here.


7. Story Writing Workshop

Fighting-Words-2, Dublin Book Festival5 December, 2020 , 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

In partnership with Fighting Words
Age 8-10

Join us for a fun and interactive workshop, creating characters and writing a story together. Then use your imagination to finish the story yourself! At the end of the workshop, we will publish the story on the Fighting Words website. Places are limited and booking is required. Bookings will open on Friday, November 6th and will close at 4.00pm on Monday, November 16th. Due to high demand, places will be allocated by lottery to ensure fairness.
To apply for a place, please visit www.fightingwords.ie. Please note that this workshop is for children aged eight to ten years old.

 


8. Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire?

Have-You-Seen-The-Dublin-Vampire, Dublin Book Festival5 December, 2020 , 11:00 am – 11:20 am GMT

Suitable for all the family!

Have you ever spotted a vampire lurking in a shop or walking the streets? No? Then join author and illustrator Úna Woods to explore some of Dublin’s famous streets, shops and museums in search of the Dublin Vampire! Úna will visit the Dublin Vampire’s home in The Crescent, Marino, where she will show you some of the Dublin Vampire’s favourite places to go on his nightly walks. Follow Úna’s mapmaking tutorial if you want to track the Dublin Vampire’s journey through the city, and listen to a reading of Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire? (The O’Brien Press)

Register for this FREE event here.


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9. Storytelling and draw-along with Úna Woods

Have-You-Seen-The-Dublin-Vampire, Dublin Book Festival30 November, 2020 , 11:45 am

Suitable for Junior and Senior Infants in particular!

Have you ever spotted a vampire lurking in a shop or walking the streets? No? Then join author and illustrator Úna Woods to explore some of Dublin’s famous streets, shops and museums in search of the Dublin Vampire! Úna will visit the Dublin Vampire’s home in The Crescent, Marino, where she will show you some of the Dublin Vampire’s favourite places to go on his nightly walks. Follow Úna’s mapmaking tutorial if you want to track the Dublin Vampire’s journey through the city, and listen to a reading of Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire? (The O’Brien Press)

Register for this FREE event here.


10. The Miracle on Ebenezer Street

Cat-Doyle-Border@2x, Dublin Book Festival30 November, 2020 , 10:00 am – 11:00 am GMT

Age 9+

George is about to spend his third Christmas without his mum. Ever since she died, George’s dad, Hugo, has spent all his time working. To George, it’s as though life has lost its colour. Then, one day, George wanders into Marley’s Curiosity Shop, where he finds a magic snow globe. George isn’t sure how it works, but when he looks at it, he finds himself reliving one of his Christmases past, when his mother was still with them and everyone was happy. That night, George and his dad go on a magical journey to three different Christmases – one from the past, one present, and one future. With magic, hope, and friendship, can George and his dad find a way to stop living in black and white?

Book a place for your class in this wonderfully wintry event with author Catherine Doyle to hear more about her festive new book, Miracle on Ebenezer Street (Penguin). Catherine will talk about why she decided to adapt Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol, into a children’s novel. You’ll also get the chance to ask her questions about her new book and her favourite part of writing Christmas stories. Catherine will also do a reading from her enchanting novel.

Sign your class up now – even a miser like Ebenezer Scrooge wouldn’t want to miss this free, fun-filled event!

More information can be found here.


11. Storytelling and draw-along with Peter Donnelly

Peter-Donnelly, Dead Zoo, Dublin Book Festival1 December, 2020 , 11:45 am

In partnership with The Natural History Museum
Suitable for Junior and Senior Infants in particular!

What happens in the Natural History Museum at night? Are any of the animals actually alive? Who owns the museum? Join author and illustrator Peter Donnelly and all of the four-legged, feathered and finned inhabitants of the Natural History Museum for some wild fun as he reads from his new book, The Dead Zoo (Gill Books). Let your class go wild drawing some of the animals from the book in a draw-along with Peter afterwards.

Register for this FREE event here.


12. Everyone Needs a Wulfie

Lindsay-Sedgwick, Dublin Book Festival2 December, 2020 , 10:30 am – 11:30 am GMT

Age 7+

Gather your class for a fun and virtually interactive session all about friendship and following your dreams with award-winning screenwriter, creator, and author Lindsay Sedgwick. Lindsay’s new book Wulfie Stage Fright (Little Island) follows main character, Libby, and her relationship with her wolfish best friend, Wulfie, as they work to fulfil Libby’s desire to star in her school play. The book will take centre stage in this event: Lindsay will read from it, explore where she got the inspiration for Wulfie, as well as encourage the class to ideate their very own Wulfie! The more questions for Lindsay, the merrier.

More information can be found here.


13. Meet the Farm Animals with Darragh McCullough and Sally Caulwell

Great-Irish-Farm-Book, Dublin Book Festival3 December, 2020 , 10:00 am

In partnership with Farmleigh Estate
Suitable for Junior and Senior Infants in particular!

How many pigs are there in Ireland? How long does pregnancy last in horses? What is the most widely grown crop in Ireland? Darragh McCullough answers all of these questions and more in his new picture book, The Great Irish Farm Book (Gill Books). Join Darragh and illustrator Sally Caulwell – along with some furry, four-legged friends – for this online event at Farmleigh Estate. In this event, you’ll find out all sorts of crazy facts about farm animals, and you’ll also learn how to draw them by taking part in a draw-along with Sally

Register for this FREE event here.


14. Girls Play Too

Jacqui-Hurley, Dublin Book Festival3 December, 2020 , 11:00 am – 12:00 pm GMT

Ages 9+

Johnny Sexton, Jack Charlton, Roy Keane. These are three of the most famous men in Irish sporting history. But what about the women? Join this online live class event with sports commentator Jacqui Hurley to hear all about Girls Play Too (Merrion Press), her new book on Ireland’s greatest female sports stars, from Derval O’Rourke to Katie Taylor. Get your class to join in this memorable event as Jacqui talks about the inspiration for her book, the stars featured in the book, and of course, about her time as one of RTÉ’s first female sports broadcasters. Be sure to book your class in for a place for this event so Jacqui can answer all of your sports-related questions!

More information can be found here.


A History of Dublin Book Festival

The Dublin Book Festival was established in 2006 by Publishing Ireland, the all-island trade association for book publishers, established in 1970, to celebrate all that is best in Irish writing and publishing. It has grown to become one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant annual book events, with the assistance of a range of partners and the support of the Arts Council and other funders. It showcases, supports and develops the Irish book world by programming, publicising and selling Irish-published books, their authors, editors and contributors — all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment that presents the creativity and personality of the Irish publishing sector and its authors.

Taking place in November, the festival programmes over 60 events in venues throughout the city of Dublin, including Dublin City Libraries, National Library of Ireland, Irish Writers Centre, The Gutter Bookshop, Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin Port, EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum, Fighting Words and many more locations.

Programme Components

The diverse programme covers everything from poetry to science, history to poetry, comedy, literary fiction and a full family and schools’ programme. A festival hub is set-up in Smock Alley Theatre where authors, publishers and audiences mingle over the four days. The Winter Garden is a space where audiences gather to lounge on beanbags and read, browse the bookshop, enjoy the café and meet authors at book signings.

The intimate festival is a showcase of the exceptional homegrown talent and hardworking publishers from throughout the island of Ireland.

In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges and opportunities: the festival will be online, and the use of many of our long-standing partner venues will help to maintain the atmosphere of this celebration of Irish books.


The Dublin Book Festival is bound to help your child develop their love for storytelling and engage their imagination.

With such a great variety of events, it may be difficult to make your mind up, but don’t wait too long, they bound to book out quickly. We are all desperate for a bit of entertainment and social engagement these days.

Enjoy the events!

Details

Start:
November 27
End:
December 6
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://dublinbookfestival.com/

Organizer

Publishing Ireland
Phone:
+353 1 6394868
Email:
info@publishingireland.com
Website:
https://www.publishingireland.com/

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