Enter the mysterious world of Oisin McGann, explore the continuing adventures of Rebecca Raftery, meet characters from Dead Hairy with Debbie Thomas and be spellbound by Erika McGann this weekend at the Children’s Literature Festival at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Along with readings by Sarah Webb, Gerry Boland and Karl O’Neill, there will also be workshops and free events in the foyer where Natalia Beylis will be running an ongoing storymaking workshop for children of all ages using Rory’s Story Cubes, while with Nessa O’Brolchain you can make stories using words you’ve found around The Dock by solving clues and riddles.
The Festival opens with a reception at The Dock at 6pm on Friday 16th August, followed by the launch of Wild Words, a book of short stories and poetry submitted by young writers in the region.
The weekend continues on Saturday 17th August from 11am until 5pm and again on Sunday 18th August finishing with the film Never Ending Story at Carrick Cineplex at 6pm. Over the weekend the age ranges are divided into 5 - 8 years, 9 - 12years and 12+ years, so there’s something there for most everyone.
The festival is perfectly timed to give children and young people a fantastic weekend before the school year starts again. All readings are €2 each and workshops and film are €4. The story making activities in the foyer of the Dock are free of charge. All workshops are limited to a maximum of 12 children and so please book now to avoid disappointment.
Throughout the weekend all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Full details of the programme can be found at www.leitrimarts.ie and bookings can be made at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon on (071) 96 50828.