A year of children’s writing events
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.
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
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
23-29 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
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
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
If we have omitted one of your events, then please add it to the comments section and we promise to update the calendar.
Down The Rabbit Hole is a blog all about writing for children. It's run by Olivia Hope and Niamh Garvey. :
Olivia Hope is a children’s writer from Killarney, Co. Kerry.
She was once a hammer thrower, Sometimes a teacher of all subjects; from English to ice-cream making, And has worked in a variety scenarios, from nurseries (plants and children, although not at the same time, unless you count the daffodil incident) to nursing homes. She is unreasonably fond of cheese, French Fancies and is prone to cartwheels. She writes for all ages, and her picturebook “Be Wild” will be published by Bloomsbury in Spring 2018. Follow her on Twitter @OliviaMHope or her blog oliviahopeandtheimaginationstation.wordpress.com
Niamh Garvey loves everything to do with children’s books; from reading them, to writing them, and even to smelling them. Except for really boring books… she doesn’t even smell those. She writes stories for children and young adults, plus poetry for adults. She wrote the storyboard for the childrens storybook app “A Raindrop’s Tale” published by Gramercy Consultants on iTunes. She is working towards her dream of getting a novel published. Niamh is a full-time mum and a part-time nurse, living in Cork. She thinks stories are the best way to discover the world, and possibly the only place children should be encouraged to get lost in. Follow Niamh on twitter @msniamhgarvey or on her blog niamhgarvey.com