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Fun for all the family at the Red Line Book Festival

Article by Ink Stains © 1 October 2019.
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There are lots of ways for budding bookworms to get involved with the Red Line Book Festival, which returns to venues across South County Dublin and from the 7th – 13th of October, with a special line-up of family, children’s and schools’ events,

Join Aga Grandowicz, the woman behind Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals for a very special workshop which combines a zoology lesson and an art class with lots of fun and facts about the wonderful animals in our precious ecosystem. Suitable for children aged 6 to 10 years.  She will host two events, one a relaxed event for children with autism and sensory issues at 11am and the second in Polish at 1pm, both in the Lucan Library on Saturday 12th of October. Tickets are free of charge!

Families and kids (7-12ys) are invited to join award-winning children’s writers for a fun-filled exploration of Irish history – The Magical History Tour with Judi Curtin (Lily at Lissadell), Oisín McGann (Race the Atlantic Wind: The Flight of Alcock and Brown) and Sarah Webb (Dare to Dream) at The Civic on Saturday 12 October, 12.30pm. Judi, Oisín and Sarah will present their stories using photographs, illustrations, readings and drama. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will make history truly come alive! Tickets: €8 / €5 or €20 Family Ticket.

Back by popular demand, Moon & Sixpence Puppet Theatre return with Jacqueline and the Beanstalk is a retelling of the classic story that turns the gender stereotyping of traditional fairy tales on its head! This live marionette puppet show, performed live with music and sound effects, is filled with humour and audience interaction and includes a gentle but strong message about bullying. Suitable for children 6 to 10 years and their families at The Civic at 12pm and 2pm on Sunday 13 October.  Tickets €8 / €5 or €20 Family Ticket

Transition Year students are invited to a special panel event, Words, Worlds, Wounds & Witches, with Deirdre Sullivan, Sarah Maria Griffin and Moira Fowley Doyle, whose books, Perfectly Preventable Deaths, Other Words for Smoke and All The Bad Apples are woven through with sisterhood and witchcraft. The panel will discuss rituals and rhythms, the threads that glimmer through the novels of these YA writers. The event takes place at The Civic at 11am on Thursday 10 October. Tickets are free, but a refundable deposit is required.

Tickets for all festival events can be booked at redlinebookfestival.ie


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