Welcome to Wild Words 2017!



The Wild Words Children’s Book Festival exists because children of all ages should have the opportunity to experience, share, enjoy and discover books. We celebrate books and writing for children with fun activities, readings and workshops. Whether you are crawling, hitting young adulthood or somewhere in between there is plenty for every age.

This year we are excited that Bernadette Larkin will be looking at the books to start reading with your baby – focussing on what stimulates them to what brings out their first smile – A must for parents and babies/toddlers. We will be having some wordless and not so wordless fun with Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick as she Owl Bat Bat Owls us.

In the last few years we have seen an extraordinary movement for people leaving their homes in desperation and taking huge risks as they flee to safety. Jane Mitchell will take us on that journey through her book A Dangerous Crossing.

Finally, we are also delighted to be launching Wild Words Volume 5 which features work by young authors from all over the country.

Wild words Masterclasses

Each year we put out a call for submissions for young writers who wish to have their work published in our anthology who are then invited to participate in writing masterclasses.

For 2017 we have opened these sessions, held over two days, to all budding authors. There will be three Wild Words Masterclasses for 14-18 year olds over the weekend at the Dock starting on Saturday 12th August at 10am-1pm and 2pm-4.30 pm and on Sunday 13th August at 10.30am-1pm. These will be led by writers Kim Hood, Conor Kostick and Deirdre Sullivan.

The fee for the programme of masterclasses is €30.



All events where a fee is charged have small capacities of between 12 and 20 so early booking is strongly advised. However, capacity is limited for all of our free events also, and so we advise prior booking for these too.

You can book for all events including the masterclasses, The Harry Potter event at the Reading Room and the workshop at Ardcarne Garden Centre through The Dock at 071 96 50828, http://www.thedock.ie or in person at the box office.

Booking for the workshops at Carrick on Shannon Library is through the library, telephone 071 96 20789.

How do you Like your Porridge? with Gráinne Quinlan at the Olive Tree Coffee Shop is a drop-in workshop and so no prior booking is required.

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