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Margaret Atwood & Charlie Higson at 2013 Mountains to Sea

Article by Site Editor © 29 August 2013 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · News for Writers ).
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Dun Laoghaire’s Mountains to Sea Festival is in it’s fifth year and going from strength to strength. Conceived by Heritage Officer Tim Carey and Arts Planner Bert Wright the Mountains to Sea Festival has attracted some enviable talent to the thriving seaside town. This year is no exception with events occurring in various venues around Dún Laoghaire and Dundrum from 3rd-8th September 2013.

Opening the festival will be the multi awarding winning Margaret Atwood who will read from the third book in her dystopian triology MaddAddamCharlie Higson of the Fast Show will thrill younger audiences with his latest installment of zombie horror.

Drawing inspiration from The Gathering, there is a strong theme of family and personal memoir running through the 2013 Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival.  A multitude of familial relationships is explored through the work of our visiting writers from Téa Obreht’s endearing grandfather/granddaughter relationship to Kevin Maher’s richly observed Goatstown siblings to the return of Roddy Doyle’s much loved Rabbitte family.  Fathers come under the spotlight in work by Julia O’Faolain, Blake Morrison, AL Kennedy and in newcomer Ross Skelton’s compelling memoir Eden Halt.

Actual families will be with us in the form of Colum McCann who will deliver the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival’s keynote address with his father the former journalist Sean McCann. Husband and wife team Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley will appear in separate events to discuss their fiction projects The festival will conclude with a thought provoking, sometimes funny, sometimes sad discussion between Tommy Tiernan and Michael Harding.

Poetry Now programme presents a number of ‘conversations’ about poetry. Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, Stanford Professor Eavan Boland, and American poet and one-time Vietnam War conscientious objector John Balaban will all be in conversation about their work, their vocation and lives in poetry. These sessions promise to be a real treat for all poetry lovers.

We will also be joined by English poet David Harsent, Mary O’Donnell and Holland’s Poet Laureate Anne Vegter, American born Jane Yeh who will read with last year’s Irish Times Poetry Award winner, Michael Longley.

The Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival’s Family and Teen programme remains the biggest and most diverse event of its kind in the country and will provide children and young adults with a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with some of the biggest names in international children’s fiction, including Charlie Higson, Patrick Ness, Liz Pichon (Tom Gates) and Philip Ardagh. We’re also delighted to be featuring a wealth of home-grown talent, including long-running friends of the festival such as Derek Landy, Niamh Sharkey and Judi Curtin.

Participation is key and children can get really hands-on at our hugely popular Picture Book Picnic with Chris Judge and his Brave Beast, Gabriel Rosenstock and local children’s super-choir, The SuperTones. While at The Dahl Factor comics, writers and and actors will present their favourite Dahl moments to be judged by a panel of Dahl experts all under the age of 12!

The Family and Teen programme is completed by an impressive line-up of workshops for young people who are interested in writing and illustration, featuring Beano cartoonist, Gary Northfield and acclaimed teen author, Phil Earle, along with local favourites Steve ‘Deadly’ Simpson and Deirdre ‘Spooky’ Sullivan.

For a full listing of all events and booking details please go to www.mountainstosea.ie or contact the Booking Office, Pavilion Theatre 01 231 2929 or www.paviliontheatre.ie.

To give you a flavour of the events, we list two here – and we have two tickets to giveaway to each event!

New Voices: Writing, Editing and Promoting a New Children’s Writer

In association with Children’s Books Ireland

What makes an agent or a publisher sit up and take notice of a debut writer? Is it voice, character or plot? How long does it take for a new author to get published? What are agents and publishers looking for? Find out at this very special event.

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald’s debut teen novel, Back to Blackbrick, was published this year to great critical acclaim. Sheila Agnew’s first children’s book, Evie Brooks, Marooned in Manhattan, will be published in Spring 2014 by The O’Brien Press. Caroline Walsh joined David Higham Associates in 1996 after twelve years as a children’s books editor. She represents many highly successful writers including Jacqueline Wilson and Liz Pichon. Elaina O’Neill is Managing Editor at Little Island. They have produced many award-winning books by debut writers. Phil Earle is a critically acclaimed YA writer and works as the Children’s Sales Director for Bloomsbury.

Venue: Assembly Hall, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire
4.30pm – 6.00pm
€8 / €5 Students + Concession
Age: Adult / Older Teens

Great Ad-App-Tations

The times they are a changin’ and children’s picture book makers, animators and publishers are at the cutting edge of innovative publishing. But what lies ahead? We’ve asked four experts in the field to share their thoughts.

Kate Wilson has 25 years’ publishing experience, mainly in children’s books. In January 2011 she established Nosy Crow a small, independent publishing company specialising in childfocused, parent-friendly children’s books and apps. Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey is the creator and illustrator of Disney Junior’s Henry Hugglemonster based on her book, I’m a Happy Hugglewug. Norton Virgien is a highly experienced American director who has directed many animated series including the . HRugrats and Doc McStuffinse is currently working with Dublin-based animation studio, Brown Bag Films on Henry Hugglemonster. Gary Northfield has created comics for The Beano, The Dandy, The Phoenix, The DFC and Horrible Histories Magazine. His new book, Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs was published earlier this year.

Venue: Assembly Hall, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire
3.00pm – 4.00pm
€8 / €5 Students + Concession
Age: Adult / Older Teens

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