Friday 11th August

All of Friday’s events take place at Carrick on Shannon Library

Books for Babies with Bernadette Larkin

11.30 am, Carrick on Shannon Library, 0-2yrs, Free

It’s never too early to start reading to your baby. In this interactive workshop we will look at favourite books to read to little ones and at the role books have to play in your baby’s development. This session is suitable for people who want ideas for getting started as well as those who are already reading to their babies. Bring along your baby and a favourite book and we will exchange ideas and tips in a relaxed atmosphere.

Book direct with Carrick on Shannon Library on 071-96 20789 for this event


Tales for Toddlers with Bernadette Larkin

3.00 pm, Carrick on Shannon Library, 2-4yrs, Free

In the afternoon we will be looking at new books and old favourites for toddlers in an interactive storytelling session. Bring along your favourite books to share with other parents. The session will finish with a book related activity.

Book direct with Carrick on Shannon Library on 071-96 20789 for this event


Saturday 12th August

All of Saturday’s events take place in The Dock


Wild Word Masterclasses with Kim Hood, Conor Kostick and Deirdre Sullivan

From 10.00 am, The Dock, Age 14-18, €30 (Programme of 3 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 at 10am-1pm and 2pm-4.30 pm and on Sunday 13th at 10.30am-1pm. These will be led by writers Kim Hood, Conor Kostick and Deirdre Sullivan.


All Day Drop in Book Club with Natalia Beylis

10.00 am – 4.00 pm The Foyer, All ages, Free

Take some time out between events and curl up with your favourite book at the Reading Corner in The Dock foyer. Natalia Beylis will be on hand throughout the day to suggest some new good reads and lots of other fun stuff.  The Reading Corner is free and is open all day Saturday.


Tales for Toddlers with Bernadette Larkin

10.00 am, The Auditorium, Age 2-4 years, Free

This session will use some new books along with old favourites in an interactive storytelling session. We may have a chance to discuss books or we may not depending on how active your little readers are but please bring along some of your favourites to share with other parents. The session will finish with a book related activity.


Drummer Hoff with Kate Wilson

11.30 am, The Art Room Age 4 – 6, €5

This is an explosive hour and a half for 4-6 year olds of movement games, rhymes and seriously messy fun based on the vibrant ‘Drummer Hoff’ by Barbara Emberley. The  games will be punctuated by the beating of a big bass drum and movement play will lead  into the creation of large scale art works where paint will be fired and there may even be some floury explosions, so be prepared to get messy.


Owl Bat Bat Owl Draw-a-Long with Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

12.00 pm, The Auditorium, Age 6 – 8, €5

Draw-a-long session as Owl Bat Bat Owl author Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick tells a few stories! Can you draw as quick as she tells her story??


Make your own picture book with Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

2.00 pm, The Art Room, Age 8-10, €5

Make your own book by drawing and creating images for your unique story. Learn how there are many ways to tell a story.

A World of Difference with Jane Mitchell and Bernadette Larkin

3.00 pm, The Auditorium, Age10+   Free

Based on true accounts, Jane Mitchell’s talk and reading from her book A Dangerous Crossing is the story of one boy’s search for refuge. Ghalib doesn’t want to leave his home in Syria, but the city has become too dangerous, and his family has no choice but to flee. Together they make their way from Syria to the Turkish Border. Ghalib is safe for now, but this boy’s journey in search of safety is far from over.

As part of this event we will screen the short animated film Malak and the Boat and in a fun exercise Bernadette Larkin asks, how different are we from others? Where do you belong? With a short physical exercise to explore our values and attitudes – what divides us and what unites us? Put yourself in the box and see where you fit.


Book Launch – Wild Words Volume 5

5.30 pm, Auditorium, All Ages – Free

The 5th volume of Wild Words will be launched which features short stories and poems by young authors from across the country. The anthology was compiled by Helen Carr, Senior Editor with the O’Brien Press.


Sunday 13th August

Sunday’s events take place at various locations.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 20th birthday celebrations

11.30am, The Reading Room Bookshop, Age 8+, Free

Harry Potter is The Boy Who Lived, singled out by Lord Voldemort at birth to be his greatest rival, and our hero. Do you know your Slytherin from your Hufflepuff? Dedalus Diggle from Minerva McGonagall? Can you name all the characters in the first book? Fun, trivia and some reading out loud. Dress up optional but fun!

Places limited – booking essential via The Dock.


How do you Like your Porridge with Gráinne Quinlan

11.30 am, The Olive Tree, Market Yard, Age 3-6, Free

“Would you like your porridge with moths? Or with engine oil?! Who knows, somebody out there might! Based around her new children’s book, How Do You Like Your Porridge? Gráinne Quinlan will present a series of activities exploring the fascinating world of porridge, meeting some curious characters along the way. So drop in, hear a story, invent some truly horrendous toppings, and add to the giant paper porridge bowl!

Note: Food is not included!

The Giant Garden Picture Book with Lucy Hill

2.30 pm, Ardcarne Garden Centre, Age 6-8, €5

Using overhead projectors and lightboxes to trace huge shadows and outlines of real leaves and plants from the gardens, together we will make our giant garden picture book. We will make our pop out book characters from card and collage using lots of lovely materials to create endless possibilities for playful storylines and for you to bring home at the end of the workshop


Masterclass Panel Discussion with Kim Hood, Conor Kostick and Deirdre Sullivan

2.30 pm, The Dock Auditorium, age 14+ , Free

Authors who have been leading the Writing Masterclasses over the weekend will take part in a panel discussion to talk about their work with Sarah Searson, Director of the Dock. This event is free for everyone to attend.