Children's Book Festival 2020 with Cavan Library Service

Fantastic opportunity for schools to bring an author into the classroom - virtually of course!!

The annual Children’s Book Festival helps spread the enjoyment of books and reading among children and families, authors and illustrators, teachers and librarians all over Ireland.

Traditionally, during the month of October, primary school children from all over the county would visit local libraries to meet children’s authors and storytellers. Unfortunately the current situation does not allow for actual visits in 2020, so we have invited 2 authors and a storyteller to deliver events straight into the classroom.

We're encouraging primary schools across Cavan to get involved and enjoy this virtual event. Authors Dave Rudden and Natasha Mac a’Bháird present a fun talk for children, while storyteller Chris Thomson will entertain and enthrall younger classes. Access to sessions be made available to every primary school in Cavan via the wonders of technology!

Irish author Dave Rudden has been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Writing Award and the Bath Short Story Award, and is the recipient of the Fantasy Book Review 2011 Short Story Prize. He performs regularly at festivals, in libraries and schools, his short fiction and poetry have been published in journals like Wordlegs, Bare Hands, the Quotable and Poddle and he enjoys cats, adventure and being cruel to fictional children.

Natasha Mac a’Bháird is a freelance writer and editor and has written ten books for children. Her first two children's books, Olanna's Big Day and Missing Ellen, were both chosen for the White Ravens Collection. Her Star Club series was inspired by her childhood love of drama and being on the stage. She enjoys visiting schools and libraries to talk to children about her books. Natasha is originally from Donegal but now lives in Dublin with her family.

Storyteller & Performer Chris Thompson - Suitable Jnr - 1st Class

Chris has designed and facilitated educational arts projects of all kinds for many years. Her background is teaching in the primary sector but she also has qualifications in educational drama and a diploma in primary mathematics teaching.