The sixth annual Wild Words Children’s Book Festival takes place in Carrick on Shannon from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August 2017.
Wild Words is a festival of workshops and fun activities for children and their families to celebrate and enjoy books, to meet authors, and to encourage an interest in creative writing. For these couple of days the festival brings together some of Ireland’s leading authors for a wonderfully varied programme of readings, workshops and fun activities.
Many events are free and those that have a charge are workshops with small capacities. Nonetheless prior booking for all events is strongly advised.
The festival starts in Carrick library on Friday with 2 events - ‘Books for Babies’ for 0-2 yrs and ‘Tales for Toddlers’ for 2-4 yrs. All events on Saturday are held in the Dock with events for younger children in the morning working with Bernadette Larkin, Kate Wilson, and Marie Louise Fitzpatrick onto ‘A World of Difference’ with Jane Mitchell and Bernadette Larkin for children 10+. Based on true accounts, Jane Mitchell’s book ‘A Dangerous Crossing’ is the story of one boy’s search for refuge as he makes his way from Syria to the Turkish Border.
One of the most exciting elements this year is the Wild Words Masterclass Programme by authors Kim Hood, Conor Kostick and Deirdre Sullivan that runs over 2 days for young adults aged 14 to 17yrs who have started to write short stories and poetry themselves - tickets €30.
On Sunday events start with a Harry Potter 20th anniversary celebration at The Reading Room Bookshop, some messy fun with Grainne Quinlan at The Olive Tree Café and the Giant Garden Picture Book at Ardcarne Garden Centre.
Booking for all events except those at the library can be made through The Dock (Ph. 071 96 50828, www.thedock.ie). For workshops at Carrick on Shannon Library phone 071 96 20789.
For further information go to www.wildwords.ie