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A year of children’s writing events

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Want to understand more about the world of writing for children? Here’s a calendar of events that just might make you a better writer.

January is a time where resolutions pepper the air, and good intentions are often spoken, but not acted on. Well, here’s where you can ACT and DO something that will improve your writing skills, introduce you to the Irish kidlit community, and give an insight into what the public side of being a children’s author involves.

(For specific writing/getting published workshops as a children’s writer throughout the year be sure to check the events pages on terrific resources and organisations such as Writing.ie Big Smoke Writing Words Ireland Poetry Ireland SCBWI Ireland Irish Writers Centre )

You’ll also find the very helpful book doctors from Children’s Books Ireland popping up doing book clinics at many of the book festivals, so keep an eye out for them!

Personally, these calendar events are inspirational, aspirational and a great learning experiences – so if you are isolated by your writing endeavours, then these events are sure to encourage, support and even enhance your writing skills.

What are you waiting for? Make 2018 the year that you DO something more than just write for children, spread your wings and become familiar with the wealth and depth of book festivals, writing workshops, conferences and local writing events that are there just for you!


Looking forward to seeing you there!



1-4 – Babaró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway  

2-4 Doolin Writers Weekend Festival features writing workshops and advice from Irish publishers

13 – Children’s Book Masterclass Series, a 9 week evening course, run by the Irish Writers Centre and with Ireland’s well known writers and illustrators

22- 25 Limerick literary festival

24 Writing Picturebooks Day  workshop run by author Sarah Webb and illustrator Mary Louise Fitzgerald

26 – The Biggest Show on Earth: as part of world book day, Dublin City Libraries will play host to Steven Butler, Gerard Siggins, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, David O’Doherty & Chris Judge, Derek Landy, E.R. Murray at Dublin Liberty Hall.



1 –World Book Day

2-4 Ennis Book Club bringing lovers of books and bookclubs together

8 – BOLD GIRLS campaign launches, bringing childern’s books on strong females written by Irish authors to a wider audience.

9-14 The 20th birthday of the fantastic Belfast Children’s Festival, which also features the shortlist announcement for CBI Book of the Year

12 CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017/18 shortlist announcement

15 CILIP Carnegie award for writing and Kate Greenaway for illustration in children’s books shortlist announcement

21- 25 Mountains to Sea Festival in Dun Laoghaire features best selling children’s writers Sophie Henn, Atinuke Akinyeme and many more to be announced

25-25 OFFSET Dublin’s Creative Festival, with 3 Days of over 100 speakers, including illustrators and writers

26-29 Bologna International Children’s Book Fair



10 Supports for writers of YA and Children’s books – an advisory panel run by the Irish Writers Centre

10-12 London Book Fair, Olympia

23 Cork World Book Fest 

23-29 Cúirt International festival of literature, Galway has visiting International writers, competitions and events for all ages

26 Poetry Day in association with Poetry Ireland



TBC New Laureate na nÓg announced

TBC CBI Book of the year Awards winners announced

5 Towers and Tales in Lismore Castle, a festival of storytelling for children

TBC IMRAM Irish language literature festival

19-27 International festival of literature Dublin 

26 Date with an Agent as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin and Writing.ie are inviting 5 top literary agents and 3 top London publishers as part of the Getting Published event.

30 Writers Week, Listowel, featuring the Children’s Literature festival



1-3 Writers Week, Listowel, featuring the Children’s Literature festival 

7-17 Belfast Book festival

8-10 The Wexford Literary festival

8-10 The Borris House festival of Writing and Ideas

9-11 Howth Literary festival

14-17 Dalkey Book Festival

18 CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway award winners announced

21-25 Hay festival Kells, Co Meath



13- 20 West Cork literary festival  

TBC Tread Softly festival, Sligo, in conjunction with the Yeats Summer School



2-12 Féile an Phobail, Belfast; Ireland’s Biggest Community Festival 

24-26 Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny – Town of Books



21 Culture Night has free arts events around the country, including talks, workshops and activities with Irish writers and illustrators.

22-23 September CBI International Conference,  Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7 

28-30 Write by the Sea, Kilmore Quay



10-14 Frankfurt International Book Fair

TBC Dromineer Literary festival

TBC Kildare Readers, a free literary festival at the Riverbank arts centre, with events for all the family.

TBC Octocon National Irish Science Fiction Convention

TBC Deptcon 4 A YA conference for readers and writers

19-29 Imagine Arts festival (including Waterford Writers)



TBC Allingham festival, Co Donegal

TBC Dublin Book Festival 

TBC Irish Book Awards


If we have omitted one of your events, then please add it to the comments section and we promise to update the calendar.


Happy 2018!


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