28 Sept 2022

Wild Words Children's Book Festival

Literary Festival

Wild Words Children's Book Festival

Now in its fifth year, the Wild Words Children’s Book Festival is a two-day celebration of books and writing for children and young people aged 4 to 18.

From workshops and readings to fun activities and different events in The Dock and around Carrick-on-Shannon and further afield, the festival will be full to the brim with plenty to do for every age group.

Kicking off on August, Saturday 13, Melissa Doran and Michael Fewer bring the delights of nature alive in Naturama, Joe O'Brien has Football Fever and the wonderful Dave Rudden returns to Wild Words with a KOTBD workshop – a Wild Words Spotlight Event.

Kate Wilson will be creating beautiful book based visual arts workshops - Lester and the Unusual Pet for 5-7 year olds and Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine Workshop for 8-10 year olds.

Multi award winning Sarah Crosson is joined by Eilís Barrett for another Wild Words Spotlight Event. At 16 years of age Eilís already has her first novel gracing the bookshelves. Graphic novelist Gerry Hunt is giving a wonderful workshop for young people wishing to dip their toes into illustration and Nicola Pierce embarks on a Titanic Adventure.

On Sunday, August 14 Melissa Doran hosts the very first Naturedoodle at 11am. Later Patricia Murphy gives a workshop based on her book The Easter Rising 1916 - Molly's Diary, chronicling the events of 100 years ago from a young girl’s diary and Gerry Boland launches his new poetry book ‘The Secret Life of Mothers’ with a reading and workshop.

Finally Kim Hood will give a helping hand to all young budding writers in her workshop - Finding your Feet in Fiction.

All events are either €6 or free except for two Wild Words Spotlight events which are €3!

Some months ago, submissions for new writing were requested from young authors throughout the country aged 14-18 for publication in the third Wild Words anthology.

The resulting publication, featuring 40 pieces of extraordinary work by 37 authors, will be launched on August 13 at 5.30pm by Today FM broadcaster Alison Curtis at The Dock.

You can check out the full programme at and to book tickets contact the Dock on (071) 96 50828.

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