Children & Young People's Programme

We’re delighted to be teaming up again with Clare County Library Services to offer readings and workshops with award-winning poets and young adult authors. Events will take place in glór, De Valera Library, Ennis and Scariff Library. *Please note all library events to be booked by ringing De Valera Library on 065 6846353 & Scariff Library on 061-922893. Places limited so early booking is advised.

 

What’s Your Everest? With John Burke

Date: Tuesday 3rd March
Time: 10am – 11am
Ticket Price: Free
Venue: DeValera Library, Ennis*

Join John Burke for an inspirational presentation that will encourage you to develop the skills, awareness, confidence and opportunities you need to realise your greatest potential and to create a sustainable plan for life. John’s talk for young adults will include advice on coping strategies, positive mental health and building resilience.

Brian Conaghan – his books & inspiration

Date: Wednesday 4th March

Venue:
DeValera Library, Ennis*
Time: 10am – 11am
Ticket Price: Free

Venue: Scariff Library*
Time:
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Ticket Price: Free

The award-winning young adult writer, Brian Conaghan, will discuss his work, his writing and his inspiration. Transition year students are invited to hear Brian read from his books and the writing process.

Meadhbh Ní Eabhra

Date: Wednesday 4th March

Venue: DeValera Library, Ennis*
Time: 11.15am – 12.45pm
Ticket Price: Free

Venue: Scariff Library*
Time:
 2.15pm – 3.45pm
Ticket Price: Free

Meadhbh Ní Eadhra is an award-winning author from Connemara. She has published three Irish-language novels for young people, Rua, Fáinne Fí Fífí and Faye, and has garnered much acclaim for her innovative and natural style of writing. Meadhbh has over ten years’ experience as a workshop facilitator with children and teenagers and enjoys giving young people the opportunity and the space to be creative and to express themselves through writing.

 

Children’s Book Club with Author Catherine Doyle

Date: Thursday 5th March
Time: 10am – 11am
Ticket Price: Free
Venue: DeValera Library, Ennis*

The 2020 Children’s Book Club will discuss award winning author Catherine Doyle’s The Storm Keeper's Island. The book is an adventure story about family, bravery and self-discovery. It is set on the magical island of Arranmore, where Catherine’s grandparents grew up, and is inspired by her ancestors' real-life daring sea rescues. They will then meet with Catherine & discuss the book with her. This event is for fifth or sixth class students.

Rosita Boland and Zainab Bolande in conversation

Date: Friday 6th March
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am
Ticket Price: Free but ticketed
Venue: glór


Are you interested in a career in the media? How has working in media evolved in recent years? Two of Ireland's finest journalists come from Ennis. Rosita Boland, the 2018 Newsbrands Journalist of the Year, and Zainab Boladale, 2017 DCU Hybrid Awards Journalist of the Year, come together to talk about the similarities and differences in their professional career paths. 

New Word Order Poetry Project

Date: Friday 6th March
Time: 12pm
Ticket Price: Free but ticketed
Venue: glór

Meet some of the Clare’s next generation of poets from The New Word Order poetry project facilitated by poet Stephen Murray and dramatist Zara Starr Madden and presented by the Clare Arts Office. Topics include the environment, mental health awareness, sexuality, identity or the frustrations of inheriting the catastrophic problems left by the generations before them. This is a great opportunity to hear the voices of Clare’s next generation.

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What I've Learned about Writing and Creativity with Sarah Webb

Date: Friday 6th March
Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Ticket Price: Free
Venue: Scariff Library*

First year students are invited to a talk and creative writing workshop by award-winning writer and book reviewer, Sarah Webb. Sarah’s books include the best-selling Ask Amy Green series for teenagers and Blazing a Trail: Irish Women who Changed the World (illustrated by Lauren O’Neill), which won an Irish Book Award.

Her latest book is Dare to Dream: Irish People Who Took On the World (and Won!), illustrated by Graham Corcoran. Sarah also teaches creative writing to adults, children and teenagers and runs writing clubs.

Rhymes, Games and Craft with Sarah Webb

Date: Saturday 7th March
Time: 10am – 10.45am
Ticket Price: Free
Venue: Studio at glór

Age 4 to 7 and their families

Join award-winning children’s writer Sarah Webb for this interactive dog-themed event for the whole family. Revisit favourite childhood rhymes and songs such as How Much is That Doggie in the Window? and B-I-N-G-O!, discover new ones from Ireland and beyond (including some written by Sarah), and create your own dog to take home with you. Bring a toy dog with you if you like (or any other toy animal) to join in the fun!

This event is kindly sponsored by Supermac's

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Blazing a Trail and Dare to Dream Relaxed Event

Interactive Workshop with award-winning children’s writer,
Sarah Webb

Relaxed Workshop Age 8+

Date: Saturday 7th March
Time: 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Ticket Price: Free
Venue: Studio at glór

Find out about some of Ireland’s most remarkable women and men in this interactive event which includes history, dressing up and acting, especially adapted to suit children with additional needs. First Sarah will talk about what it means to be brave. Then she will introduce some of the remarkable people from Irish history who feature in her latest books: from ground-breaking 19th doctor, Dr James Barry (aka Margaret Ann Bulkley), to Antarctic explorer and Kerry man, Tom Crean. The families will dress up as some of the historic figures and act out a short scene from their lives. All optional! They will then dictate or write their own poem or story about being brave, or draw a picture about being brave.

Relaxed events are intended for children who may struggle with their sensory environment. They are designed so they can access and enjoy the arts in a stress-free environment. Events have smaller numbers and there is a very relaxes attitude to noise and movement.

This event is kindly sponsored by Supermac's

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Sarah Moore Fitzgerald discusses A Strange Kind of Brave

Date: Monday 9th March

Venue: DeValera Library, Ennis*
Time: 10am – 11.30am
Ticket Price: Free

Venue: Scariff Library*
Time: 2pm – 3.30pm
Ticket Price: Free

Poignant, gripping and with a twist you won't see coming” read the reviews of A Strange Kind of Brave by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. Her latest novel for teens is a story about the power of fear and the resilience of love. Sarah Moore Fitzgerald is an award-winning novelist, teacher and professor based at the University of Limerick where she teaches on the MA course in creative writing. She has been shortlisted for the CBI book of the year, the Waterstones prize, Scotland’s Red Book Award and for the Irish Book Awards. Her fiction has been translated into sixteen languages, including Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Polish, Swedish and Norwegian. Her books for young adults published to date are Back to Blackbrick, The Apple Tart of Hope, and most recently A Strange Kind of Brave (2019).

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