Here we are half-way through October... an exciting month for the children of Ireland! First of all, we are at the beginning of the third week of BookFest, with author events taking place in libraries, schools, bookshops and other venues across the country featuring a collection of the most wonderful writers for children you could dream of.... Judi Curtin, Derek Landy, Sarah Webb, Dolores Keaveney, Juliette Saumande....I could go on and on.

Here in Galway, today is the first day of Baboro International Arts Festival for Children. A busy, busy week... I really hope many of you have the opportunity to enjoy the festivities, because they are fantastic. There are a host of school events already booked, with great entertainment, enjoyment and excitement for all the children taking part. But don't forget the family events!There are art, music, theatre, puppetry and literary events... get the family together and see what you can see. Here's a quick sampler:
There are performances of Tic Teac; a bilingual (Irish/English) event that invites young children to assemble a clock mat to mark the passage of time.
Children of the Black Shirt (written by Angela Betzien) is offering a Saturday (October 20) Youth Drama Day Package.
A genuine 'can't miss' family show.... The Happy Prince on Sunday (21 October) at 5pm. This unique orchestral and story-telling adaptation of a favourite Oscar Wilde childrens' story is performed by the exceptional Donegal Youth Orchestra and sung by Donegal Youth Choir, with the equally exceptional Little John Nee retelling the story.
Join author Steve Hartley for Danny Baker Record Breaker the show on Sunday for a very silly, thoroughly giggle-worthy show you won't forget.
Look for the wonderful Joyce Dunbar in Charlie Byrnes Bookshop on Saturday... and her equally wonderful daughter, Polly Dunbar at Ard Bia at Nimmos.
There's even a Silent Disco.....
Great fun for all.... so here's the link to the programme for all the details. Enjoy!


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