About this Event
Dublin Book Festival in partnership with Hibernia is delighted to present a fun-filled day of family events! Join storytime with master storyteller Niall de Búrca, and get creative at our drawalongs, craft time and seasonal quiz with illustrators Alan Nolan and Ashwin Chacko. For all you book lovers visit our Children's Books Ireland Book Doctors and leave with your very own prescription, then visit our book swap stand before trying your hand at some musical instruments with our Music Generation tutors. Come with your dancing shoes on because we’ll have music and more!
Please note 1 ticket must be booked per person attending.
Doodle Station 12pm- 3.15pm
Bring your imagination for inspiration and get drawing at our doodle hang-out!
Book Swap 12pm- 3.15pm
Bring an old book to swap for one from our book swap stand.
CBI Book Clinic 12pm - 3pm
In partnership with Children’s Books Ireland
Age guideline: 5 - 11 year olds
Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Then pop along to Emily and Laura at the Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic! Chat to the Book Doctor, consult on your favourite reads and leave with a prescription for your next book which you can take to your local bookshop or library!
Children’s Books Ireland Book Doctors give guidance about books to children and their families. Based on an informal chat, the white coat-clad Children’s Books Ireland Book Doctors recommend excellent books for any age of young reader, supported by Children’s Books Ireland’s many reading resources.
All families are welcome to the Book Clinic, regardless of ability, need or barriers to reading. Every child leaves the Book Clinic with their own individual Book Prescription and a copy of Children’s Books Ireland’s Reading Guide. The Book Clinic operates on a drop-in basis. Each Book Doctor consultation will be 15 minutes in duration. The Book Doctor will have time to meet a maximum of 16 children over the course of the clinic so places are strictly limited and will be offered on a first-come, first served basis.
Draw-along with Ashwin Chacko 12pm - 12.30pm
Age guideline: 5 - 8 year olds
Everyone is scared of something, spiders, heights, shadows. However, what you didn’t know is that everyone is scared sometimes! Join children’s author and illustrator Ashwin Chacko as he reads from his wonderful picture book Everybody Feels Fear and Chacko will show you that you are not alone and have you laughing at your fears in no time! Then grab some colours and paper and let’s get drawing!
Niall De Búrca Storytelling 12.45pm - 1.30pm
Age: All the family
Grab your seats and hang on tight, top gun storyteller Niall de Búrca is about! Niall is a traditional storyteller from the West of Ireland, who has shared his storytelling across six continents, bewitching audiences everywhere he goes. So sit back and let yourself be captivated by what promises to be an unforgettable performance.
Irish Spooks and Monsters workshop with Alan Nolan 2pm - 2.45pm
Age guideline: 6 - 9 year olds
If you’re feeling brave enough, why not join author and illustrator Alan Nolan for an Irish Spooks and Monsters workshop, where he will talk about 100% Irish spooks and monsters like the Banshee, the shape-shifting Pooka and the Ollipheist lake monster, followed by a tricky Leprechaun quiz, and a chance to design a zombie-leprechaun St Patrick's Day greeting card, just in nice time for posting to unsuspecting relatives abroad!
Music Generation 3.15pm - 4pm
Age guideline: All the family
Let the music begin! Join us to try a range of instruments alongside tutors from Music Generation. This workshop will allow children to move around and explore different instruments with the guidance of professionals. Followed by a musical performance for all the family to throw some shapes.
Please note we will be capturing candid imagery at this event for use on our social media.
Children’s Books Ireland is the national books organisation of Ireland. Through their many activities and events they aim to engage young people with books, foster a greater understanding of the importance of books for young people and act as a core resource for those with an interest in books for children in Ireland. One of their missions is to champion every child’s right to excellent books and live literature events and support the artists who make that goal possible across the island of Ireland.
Ashwin Chacko is an Indian author, illustrator and motivational speaker based in Dublin. He specialises in positively playful, visual storytelling to bring joy and encouragement. His mission is to champion creativity and empower people to find their inner spark through his art, books, talks and workshops. He is the author of Keep At It, Little Optimist, Everybody Feels Fear, A Little Book About Justice and What Wondrous Shapes We Are.
Niall de Búrca has performed on six continents including the European Parliament in Brussels and beneath the Lagan Weir in Belfast! At present living in Dublin, he has shared his unique style of storytelling in theatre, festivals and on television in many countries.
Alan Nolan is the author and illustrator of Fintan’s Fifteen, Conor’s Caveman and the Sam Hannigan series, and is the illustrator of the popular Gordon’s Game books written by Gordon D’Arcy and Paul Howard. Alan’s latest books include Sam Hannigan and the Last Dodo, Animal Crackers (with Sarah Webb) and his historical novel, The Sackville Street Spooks .
Music Generation Dublin City provides a variety of music programmes for children and young people around the Dublin City area. Professional musicians facilitate learning on a wide range of instruments, voice and music technology across all styles of music. Through partnerships across the city we aim to offer rich and diverse musical opportunities to young people. Music Generation Dublin City is managed by the Dublin City Music Education Partnership, led by the City of Dublin Education and Training Board in partnership with Dublin City Council.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Townhall, 1 WML, Windmill QTR, 1Windmill Lane, Dublin 2, Ireland