Children’s Book Festival Runs for Entirety of October

The Children’s Book Festival runs for the month of October and sees libraries, schools and bookshops throughout Ireland hosting events with the very best Irish and international children’s authors and illustrators. This is the 21st year Co. Wexford public libraries will participate in Children’s Book Festival and the 2011 programme presents a wonderful selection of writers, illustrators and storytellers for children of all ages to enjoy.

 Featuring in Wexford for the 2011 festival is a host of well known authors.

Fred Freeman, Scottish storyteller provides workshops “Burns for Bairns”; a Hamish Henderson tribute: “All Adam’s Bairns”; “Robert Tannahill, weaver poet of Paisley” and  “Scots language history & usage”. Song and rhythm are  used to convey the children on a journey through the  centuries as a multicultural Scotland rises from a population  of Picts, ancient Welsh, Scotti from Ireland, Vikings etc.  on 10 & 11 Oct. for Children aged 10-12

Olive O’Brien, author of “Eco Zico,” “Perry the Polar  Bear Goes Green” & “Perry the Playful Polar Bear”. The 1st & 2nd books are eco-friendly books, printed on 100%  recycled paper & deal with issues such as climate change  through the eyes of a polar bear or “Zico” a superhero. Olive reads from her books and talks about being a writer  and environmental issues such as global warming,  recycling etc. on 13 & 14 Oct. Children aged 6-7

Dolores Keaveney, author & illustrator of “If I were a bee” and  “Jenny, the little brown hen” will read for very young children from her books bringing a bee hive and bee keeper costume to  talk to kids about bees, linking the stories with her interest in  bee-keeping.  17 & 18 Oct. Children aged 4-7

Alan Nolan, graphic novelist, creator of the “Murder Can Be Fatal” series and “The Big Break Detectives” graphic novel detective stories, will present a workshop including a talk about his graphic novels, how he came up with the characters and plots, a practical drawing demonstration and a drawing exercise where each child will get an unfinished cartoon strip and can finish it themselves with Alan’s help.  The children will all leave with a comic they have helped draw themselves. on20 & 21 Oct. Children aged 7-12

The African Cultural Project will present Kaldi  and the Dancing Goats, The Legend of Ethiopian Coffee, an exhibition based on illustrations by Sari Nordberg from a book of the same name written by Sauda Mdahoma. A slide presentation of the illustrations will accompany a reading of the story.

A Family Day will include stories about coffee, Ethiopia and a Coffee Ceremony as performed in Ethiopia on the Family Day. Marta Abebe and Melat Hailu will present The Coffee Ceremony involving a coffee roasting, brewing and serving demonstration (three sessions) for adults (up to 20 / 25 adults in a session). During this time, there will be the slide presentation, storytelling and reading sessions for children.  Library  Exhibition Family Day

Gorey 10 – 28 October Sat. 15 Oct. at 11.00 a.m.  New Ross 3 – 18 November Sat. 5 Nov. at 11.00 a.m.  Wexford 24 Nov. – 17 Dec. Mon. 28 Nov. at 11.00 a.m.

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And big congratulations this week to Aldridge Lodge in Duncannon for their inclusion in the Michelin 2012 Guide for a Bib Gourmand for all the details on Aldridge Lodge see


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