What's On (for me) In September

September is promising to be a fairly full-on month for me...lots of events and lots of new books. It's all very exciting! Here's a brief run-down of what's on in September....
The first thing is actually happening tomorrow! The 13th of September is always Roald Dahl Day (because it is Roald Dahl's actual birthday. And tomorrow is the 101st celebration of his birth!) Dahl gave us 22 completely wonderful books for children, plus his adult books, plays, screen plays...such a gift! But back to the childrens' books and the day...Tomorrow morning I will be celebrating Roald Dahl Day at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop with the invited classes from St Nicholas Parochial School. We'll work out our 'Roald Dahl names', have a look at Dahl's amazing invention of words,involve ourselves in a few other Dahl-esque activities and I'll be reading from some of the books, including the newly re-published Billy and the Minpins, illustrated by the one and only Quentin Blake. I love the Minpins! From that book we were given one of my favourite quotes of all time:
If you want to know more about Roald Dahl Day, or just more abour Roald Dahl and his wonderful books, check out the website: http://www.roalddahl.com/home/kids

Next week, on September 22nd, O'Brien Press is launching the 25th book by the wonderful Judi Curtin (and the 2nd in her new Molly and Beth series), Stand By Me. While the Launch is taking place in Dublin, in the upcoming week to the event, there will be ongoing celebrations. This includes a blog tour, starting Monday the 18th; which I am very thrilled to be taking part in. Watch this space for details!
Culture Night in Galway is on the 22nd. At Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, local authors who have published a new book in the last year are invited to read for 5 minutes each in what can only be described as an extravaganza of great talent. We'll have a few YA authors calling in; including Eilis Barrett and LJ Sedgewick. If you're in Galway, just be there!
Of course the 23rd/24th of the month is probably my favourite weekend of the year...the Childrens Books Ireland Conference! The theme this year is Movement and Migration and the line-up is fantastic! We will be treated to Lucy Cousins, Sally Gardner, Debi Gliori, Kate DiCamillo...oh, so many of my heroes. Here's the link for more information: http://childrensbooksireland.ie/cbi-annual-conference/

I mentioned Eilis Barrett previously. Her new book, Genesis, sequel
to the incredible and fast-paced dystopian novel, Oasis (see the Irish Authors...page for review) will be launched at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop on 28th September. This promises to me a wonderful event, featuring an extremely talented and exciting author and a truly memorable YA offering. I am super-excited for Eilis. And can you believe the power of this cover!? Wow! This is going to be great! https://eilisbarrett.com/
Add to these events Saturday storytimes, 9-11 book club meetings and generally more reading and reviewing.
So, as you can see, I am going to be a very busy lady!
You may be thinking you hope it gets quieter in October. Don't be so silly; of course it doesn't! Sneak preview? Okay...you will be hearing more about the CBI Childrens' Book Festival; BaborĂ³, more storytimes, more book clubs and then in November; a brand new Childrens' Book Festival launching in Galway! Then there's the holiday season.
Don't worry. I'll get some sleep in January, I reckon.

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