New Children’s Literature Festival for Carrick

Carrick-on-Shannon is to host it’s first inaugral Children’s Litrature Festival this month.

Carrick-on-Shannon is to host it’s first inaugral Children’s Litrature Festival this month.

Leitrim County Council, The Reading Room and The Dock are delighted to provide one of the very few ‘kids only’ dedicated literature festival in the county town August 18-19.

The new festival aims to provide accessible high quality opportunities for children and young people between the ages of 4 and 12 to engage with the arts.

Books are a wonderful doorway for a child onto endless imaginary playgrounds of the mind. According to Philip Pullman, author of the Northern Lights trilogy, “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world”, and contrary to any notion that children’s books are in anyway less important than general fiction, we tend to agree with him when he also says “There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book”.

The festival is perfectly timed to give children and young people a fantastic weekend before the school year starts again.

This may be Carrick’s first shot at the new festival but they have a fantastic line up of leading Irish authors for a programme of readings, workshops and activities.

Recently appointed Children’s Laureate, Niamh Sharkey along with Gerry Boland; Garrett Carr; Kieran Mark Crowley; Alan Early; Liam Farrell; and Colm McElwain will brings kids on a magical mystical journey through fiction. While many of the events during the festival will be free of charge, booking in advance is absolutely essential for all events except cinema screenings, Rory’s Stories and events at the Reading Room.

Please note that all workshops are limited to a maximum of 12 children. (early booking is highly recommended). All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

For further information go to and to make bookings, please contact The Dock, Carrick on Shannon on 071 96 50828.

If this festival is successful, it is hoped that it will grow larger, encompass more authors and activities and become one of Ireland’s top children’s literature festival.