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Scéalaíocht le Stiallghreannáin

Scéalaíocht le Stiallghreannáin

Wed 22 Mar

The comic strip is often a short story. Usually the stories are three to four panels long. In this workshop we will be talking about the steps on how to create a comic strip like Garfield, Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes. The students will be drawing things
together, talk about ideas and they will use a comic strip template to create their own stories.

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Ask the Laureate with Chris Riddell

Ask the Laureate with Chris Riddell

Thu 23 Mar

This is an amazing chance for your students to meet Chris Riddell, the UK Children’s Laureate and discover the inspiration behind his stories and art. Students can ask him questions such as ‘Where do you get your ideas?’ and Chris will draw an answer live, giving the audience an insight into the Laureate’s world. The lucky students he picks may even get to take their doodle-answers home with them!

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Joanna Trollope in conversation with Paula Shields

Joanna Trollope in conversation with Paula Shields

Sat 25 Mar

Joanna Trollope is among the UK’s most popular novelists with a string of highly acclaimed and bestselling novels to her credit. She has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards, as well as being a judge of many other literature prizes. In 2014, she updated Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility as part of the Austen Project.

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Judith Kerr and The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr and The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Sat 25 Mar

We are thrilled to welcome a true legend of children’s books to our festival. Judith Ker is author and illustrator of the landmark picture book, A Tiger Who Came to Tea, along with many other award winning children’s books including Mog the Forgetful Cat and
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. Judith will be in conversation with her lifelong editor and designer, Ian Craig.

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Sarah Howe and Nick Laird

Sarah Howe and Nick Laird

Sat 25 Mar

Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry
Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Nick Laird, born in County Tyrone in 1975, has won numerous awards for his fiction and poetry, including the Betty Trask prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, a Somerset Maugham award, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Prize.

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Fanny Howe and Michael Longley

Fanny Howe and Michael Longley

Sat 25 Mar

Two distinguished, cherished poets — a not-to-be-missed evening of poetry.

Howe has written numerous books of fiction essays and poetry, published most recently by Graywolf Press.

Michael Longley’s ten collections have received many awards, among them the Whitbread Prize, the TS Eliot Prize and the Hawthornden Prize.

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Patrick and the President by Ryan Tubridy illustrated by P. J.  Lynch

Patrick and the President by Ryan Tubridy illustrated by P. J.  Lynch

Sun 26 Mar

From foremost radio and television broadcaster, Ryan Tubridy, and Kate Greenaway Medal-winner P. J. Lynch, comes a picture book about President John F. Kennedy’s return to his ancestral home in Ireland. When the much-loved President visited Ireland
in 1963, he described it as the best four days of his life and, for a generation of Irish people, it was a trip they never forgot.