for September, 2018

Autumn magic

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The ancient alchemists should have visited Ireland in October. They’d have given up trying to turn base metals into gold and watched nature do it all by itself.   Children’s writers get to enjoy the treasure more than many as we travel the length and breadth of Ireland for Children’s Book Festival. Driving the almost-empty […]

My Secret Dragon launch

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A great evening of fun, cakes from the recipes at the back of the book and face-painting. Big thanks to the wonderful Little Island, Dubray Bookshop in Grafton Street and everyone who came for the laugh and launch of Mucking About and My Secret Dragon.

Light reading

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Just back from a magical three days full of all things children’s-booky at the biennial Congress of IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People in Athens. Delegates from many of IBBY’s 76 member countries shared their love of children’s books that cross cultures, and a belief in the power of literature to […]