Children's Book Festival (Féile Leabhar na bPáistí)

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Country and Region IrelandDublin
Type of Festival Literary
Location of Festival Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Children’s Books Ireland
17 North Great Georges Street
Dublin 1
Phone: +353 (0)1 8727475
Online email only

Festival Description

Children’s Books Festival 2011 will be offering a tasty programme of Irish and international authors and illustrators during the month of October, designed to whet the appetite of young readers from toddlers to teens! Activities will be running in libraries, schools and arts centres throughout the month. With everything from readings by popular authors, to writing and illustration workshops, plus storytelling, quizzes and competitions — there will be countless opportunities to enjoy books for every taste and palate! This year’s programme includes a strong international flavour.

Festival Dates October 1 - 31, 2011
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Programming 2011:
  • International artists
    • Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Justin Somper (Vampirates), Andy Briggs (The new Tarzan series) and William Hussey (The Witchfinder series), sharing their writing experiences at events nationwide.
  • Irish artists
    • Ever popular, homegrown authors Derek Landy (The Skullduggery Pleasant series), Sarah Webb (the Amy Green series), Judi Curtin (the Alice series) and Oisin McGann (The Wisdom of Dead Men) will wow audiences at theatres, arts venues and libraries nationwide.
  • Special guest
    • Festival organisers Children’s Books Ireland are also delighted to announce that literary superstar Roddy Doyle will be making a one-off visit to Liberty Hall, Dublin to celebrate his new children’s title A Greyhound of a Girl.
  • For the Teens
    • Meanwhile teen audiences with an appetite for the mysterious will be well catered for with Sophie McKenzie (Girl Missing and forthcoming Sister Missing), Becca Fitzpatrick (the Hush, Hush series) and Lauren Kate (the Fallen series) due to make special festival appearances during October. Younger readers and fans of picture books will also be in for a treat, with Mary Murphy (I Kissed the Baby, Utterly Lovely One), Chris Judge (The Lonely Beast) and Bruce Ingman (Boing!, The Pencil).
  • Festival favourites
    • Also on the menu at libraries across Ireland will be festival favourites such as Mary Arrigan (Esty’s Gold), the Fanzini Brother’s Comedy Circus Show, the National Print Museum workshops, Aubrey Flegg (Katie’s War, Wings over Delft), Celine Kiernan (The Moorehawke Trilogy) and Maeve Friel (Tiger Lily). They will be joined by a raft of newly published talents, including Nita Fitzgerald (It’s Great Being Little), Paula Leyden (The Butterfly Heart) and Fionnuala MacCurtain (The Story of Thomas MacCurtain).
  • Support
    • Long-standing festival partners Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland and the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency have again stepped in to help support the festival financially. CBI would like to recognise their continued support and celebrate the fact that these partners help maintain the festival as a truly national event.
  • Cover design competition
    • 2011 will again see the return of the incredibly popular O’Brien Press Cover Design Competition, which gives budding designers the opportunity to have their artwork featured on the cover of a professionally published book. To celebrate the fourth year of the O’Brien Press competition, Laureate na nÓg Siobhán Parkinson’s title Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows and a Witch (Maybe), first published in 1997, has been chosen for re-jacketing. The lucky winner will not only see their design gracing the shelves in their local library or bookshop, but will have their entire class invited to a glitzy awards ceremony and will win five sets of all Siobhán Parkinson’s O’Brien Press titles for their school!
  • Writing competition
    • Aspiring writers will also have the chance to enter a writing competition inspired by the festival poster, designed by acclaimed illustrator Niamh Sharkey (The Ravenous Beast, I’m a Happy Hugglewug). Further details can be found on the CBI website
  • National competitions
    • As part of the Children’s Book Festival this October, Encyclopædia Britannica – the world renowned online reference resource – will be hosting two national competitions for students and library users aged 5 - 18. Irish learners will have the chance to win an exciting range of prizes for themselves and their schools by answering questions on the heritage of the Emerald Isle. Further information on how to enter and competition eligibility will be available shortly.
  • Nominations
    • During this year’s festival, CBI will be asking children, parents, teachers, bookseller and librarians to nominate an Irish author or illustrator who they think deserves the title of Ireland’s second Laureate na nÓg. After two years as Laureate, May 2012 will see Siobhán Parkinson hand the title over to her successor. The unique honour will be awarded to an established and dynamic children’s writer or illustrator with an internationally recognized body of work for children. Further details can be found on the Laureate na nÓg website


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