Monday, 2 May 2016

Our Top 6 Picks | YA and Children's Events at International Literature Festival Dublin

The International Literature Festival Dublin returns this May, running from 21st - 29th across a range of venues. The line-up is fantastic and we had a really tough time whittling it down to our top YA and Children's picks at this year's event. Make sure you book tickets before the best events sell out, especially the FREE ones! 

Jacqueline Wilson at The RDS Concert Hall
Date and Time: Thursday 5th May at 6pm
Booking: Click here to book - €7 Adults / €5 Children
Dame Jacqueline Wilson is one of the best-loved and most successful children’s authors in the world. But you know that already. What you didn’t know is that she’s coming to Dublin, and she wants to meet you! 
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Jacqueline talk about some of her most popular characters, including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, and  her brand new book, Rent-a-Bridesmaid. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to put your own questions to Jacqueline – so get thinking! 
*Note that this event is taking place two weeks earlier than the rest of the festival! 
Animal Crackers with Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan at The Ark
Date and Time: Sunday 22nd May at 2.30pm
Booking: Click here to book - €5 
Are you wild about wildebeest? Crazy about crocodiles? Barmy about bears? Alan Nolan and Sarah Webb know all about that: they’re Animal Crackers. Join them for an interactive mash-up of crazy animal facts, drawing and book fun.
Alan Nolan has written and illustrated many brilliant books for children including Fintan’s Fifteen andConor’s Caveman, while Sarah Webb’s books for young readers include The Songbird CafĂ© Girls series and Emma the Penguin.
Age: Suitable for 7+
Juno Dawson, Deirdre Sullivan & Anna Seidl at City Wall Space, Wood Quay Venue
Date and Time: Saturday 21st May at 3.30pm
Booking: Click here to book - €5 
This event, chaired by Claire Hennessy, brings together three authors whose YA fiction is not afraid to explore dark and dangerous material. Anna Seidl was just 16 when she wrote No Heroes, a gripping exploration of the aftermath of a high school shooting that caused quite a stir on its publication in Germany, while Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson – formerly known as James – is the multi-award-winning author of dark teen thrillers including Say Her Name and Under My Skin, and Deirdre Sullivan’s most recent book, Needlework, is a brilliant and beautiful novel about a teenager dealing with the aftermath of sexual abuse.
Suitable for Age 16+
The Magic Bookshop at The Ark
Date and Time: Sunday 22nd May at 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3.30pm
Booking: Click here to book - €5 

Welcome to The Magic Bookshop: a treasure trove of wonders where second-hand books flock together and their stories leap from the pages!

In this delightful show for everyone aged five and upwards, Monkeyshine Theatre invites you to step inside this unusual shop, where best friends Peter and John work at the new arrivals desk, sorting great heaps of books and trying to make sure that none of their magic is lost. Why not swap a book and maybe even take a little of the magic home with you?

This is a 30-minute interactive theatre event. Please note that audiences are invited to bring gently-used books to swap.

Age: Suitable for everyone aged 5 upwards

Heroes and Monsters with Dave Rudden at The Ark
Date and Time: Saturday 21st May at 12.30pm
Booking: Click here to book - €5 
Every great fantasy story starts somewhere, but where, and how, do you begin? Join Dave Rudden as he introduces you to the first book in his spine-tingling new series, Knights of the Borrowed Dark, and shows you how to create your own fantasy world, from inventing heroes and villains to shaping your characters and plot.
Dave Rudden has worked in the Dublin theatre, spoken word and storytelling scene since 2010. Knights of the Borrowed Dark is the first novel in a trilogy about a secret war between a race of shape-shifting, misery-eating, occasionally waistcoat-wearing monsters and the warriors (like 13-year-old Denizen Hardwick) sworn to stop them.
Suitable for Age 10+
Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers in Saint Patrick’s Park
Date and Time: Saturday 28th May at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm
Booking: Click here to book - FREE
Enjoy a great family friendly afternoon as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth in the relaxed surroundings of St Patrick’s Park.
All around the world Roald Dahl’s words are disappearing – not only from books but from children’s minds. Only the Ancient Guild of Tale Tenders can save the stories, and they need your help! But be warned: some of the activities involve a high level of fantangling, squish scrambling imagination and fun, and are not suitable for adults, especially those with a serious disposition. Please be prepared to leave your grown-up behind for a short time. It’s
for their own safety.
Join Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers for this interactive theatrical experience.
(Max. 30 children per show). Age 6 – 9. Booking required
Roald Dahl inspired Creative Workshops in Saint Patrick’s Park
Date and Time: Saturday 28th May at 11.30am and 2.30pm
Booking: Not required - FREE

Enjoy a great family friendly afternoon as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth in the relaxed surroundings of St Patrick’s Park.

Drop in to our Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter inspired craft workshops to make and take home your marvellous creations!

Age: Suitable 4+. No booking required, early arrive recommended.
What event are you most excited for? Remember these are just our top picks, there are plenty more on the ILFD website which you can view here.  We have not been endorsed in any way for this article - we're just happy to spread the book love! 

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