Thursday, October 18, 2007

Author visits - Children’s Book Festival 2007

The month of October is a busy month throughout Galway County Libraries. Children’s Book Festival is in full swing.There are all kinds of events from the traditional Table Quizzes, Chess, Draughts, Story and Poetry Competitions etc.
It is a great opportunity to promote the Library to children.

Author Visits
Galway County Libraries will host 5 Children’s Authors during Children’s Book Festival.
Malachy Doyle will visit Galway City, Ballybane, Westside and Oranmore on Thursday 11th October.
Friday 12th Oct, he will visit Ballinasloe and Portumna
Malachy Doyle was born and brought up in Northern Ireland. He went to College in Lancashire and then worked for some time as a teacher and also in advertising. At thirty years of age he moved to a small farm in Wales with his wife and family. He worked as a care assistant in a special school and then began to write.
He is a prolific writer and has received many awards.
His Picture Books include Big Pig, The Dancing Tiger, Hungry Hungry Hungry, When a Xyder met a Zeeder. The Football Ghost for beginner readers, Amadans and amadans alert for young readers and Georgie his award winning novel for Young Adults.

Jon Berkeley will visit Galway City Libraries on Monday 15th Oct.
Jon Berkeley was born in Dublin and travelled extensively before settling in Catalonia with his wife and family. His novel The Palace of Laughter was shortlisted this year for CBI/Bisto award. His second book is due out this month The Tiger’s Egg.

Michael Carroll will visit Galway City Libraries on Tuesday 16th Oct.
On Wednesday 17th he will visit Gort, Athenry and Tuam.
Michael Carroll was born in Dublin, left school at sixteen and worked as a postman for 3 years. He then worked in the computer industry for a number of years. He writes for adults and children. He writes science fiction and his children’s series The New Heroes are proving very popular. The titles include Quantam Prophecy, Sakkara and Absolute Power.

Maeve Friel will visit Tuam and Dunmore Libraries on Thursday 18th oct. Oughterard and Headford on Friday 19th Oct.
Maeve Friel was born in Derry.She grew up in a house filled with books. She has a great interest in myths and legends and they tend to find a way in to her books. Her first novel The Deerstone was published in 1992. She writes for all age groups. Her Witch-in-Training Series are very popular with the younger age group.

Baboro The International Festival for Children have organised Oisin McGann to read in Killimor and Loughrea Libraries on Friday 19th October and on Saturday 20th the Storyteller Andrew Mc Kenna will entertain children in Glenamaddy and Tuam Libraries.

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