DBF 2015 – Children’s Programme



Winter Garden

Take refuge from the cold in our indoor winter garden, where you and your family can curl up on our beanbags with a book and hot chocolate. Try your hand at writing your own story, browse the bookshop or take part in one of our fun storytelling sessions and workshops. A free day for all the family where you can immerse yourself in the magical world of books!


[cta headline=”Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th, 12pm-5pm” ]Drop in. No booking required[/cta]

DBF-Events-100x150-54Children’s Treasure Hunt

Why not sign your family up to the Dublin Book Festival Treasure Hunt. Follow our intriguing clues around Temple Bar to explore many fun and cultural sights. Then return with all your answers and pick up your well-deserved prize! You can even dress up if you feel like it – we give an extra prize for fancy dress!
All Ages.


[cta headline=”Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th November, 12pm-4pm in The Children’s Area” ]Drop in. No booking required[/cta]

DBF-Events-100x150-49Giant Doodle

Join award-winning illustrators Chris Judge and Mark Wickham for a hands-on, large scale giant doodle! To celebrate the publication of their new book, Brian and the Giant (The O’Brien Press) children aged 4-8 are invited to a live drawing demo where Chris and Mark will illustrate a big, stinky giant on a giant-sized sheet of drawing paper. The audience can then join in and help to draw or colour in a whole cast of villagers from the book.
Ages 4 – 8


[cta headline=”Saturday November 14th, 12pm-12.45pm in The Children’s Area” ]Drop in. No booking required[/cta]

DBF-Events-100x150-50Animal Crackers 

With Alan Nolan and Sarah Webb

Join authors Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan as they talk about their books and their favourite animal characters.Then design and draw your own crackers-crazy animal mashups! Suitable for children aged 8–12 who are crackers about animals.


[cta headline=”Saturday November 14th, 1pm-1.45pm in The Boys’ School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540875/events” ]Free Admission. Booking Required.[/cta]

DBF-Events-100x150-51Book Clinic

In association with Children’s Books Ireland

Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop along to the Book Clinic! Visit the Book Doctor, tell them about your favourite books and come away with a personalized Reading Passport, including a prescription for your next book. Every patient will also get a copy of Children’s Books Ireland’s Inis Reading Guide to take home and keep.

[cta headline=”Saturday November 14th, 2pm-4pm in The Children’s Area”]Drop in. No booking required[/cta]

DBF-Events-100x150-52Storytime with Andrew Whitson

Andy has been having a terrible time lately with an infestation of strange Beasties in his studio. This infestation has become so widespread that the beasties have even made an appearance in his latest title: Curaille i gCeannas (Curaille Takes Charge). In this workshop, Andy with his wife Cáit will retell the story of how Cúraille loved to take charge only to be faced with the reality of what that truly meant! Andy and Cáit invite you to take part in a few zany activities. Anyone who is brave enough to attend will be able to bring away their very own little Beastie!
Ages 3+


[cta headline=”Sunday November 15th, 11.45am-12.30pm in The Winter Garden”]Drop in. No booking required[/cta]

DBF-Events-100x150-55Yoga Storytime with Nicola Foxe

Turn your favourite characters into yoga poses in our yoga storytelling session. Using popular titles such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and The Gruaffalo, yoga storytelling combines both yoga and storytelling helping children to benefit in even more ways in a fun, interactive way. Double the fun and double the benefits, give your children the chance to really be IN the most popular stories of recent times.
Ages 3+


[cta headline=”Sunday November 15th, 12.45pm-1.15pm in The Winter Garden” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540881/events” ]Free Admission. Booking Essential. SOLD OUT[/cta]

The Nightmare Club: Little Monsters

Brain Drain Baby Launch by ‘Annie Graves’ with Dave Rudden

Cute things are gross. It’s a known fact. Babies, puppies, tiny rabbits… ugh. And sometimes adorable little smushface things aren’t just gross… they’re evil.

Join Dave Rudden as he reads from Brain Drain Baby (Little Island), a story about sinister siblings and insidious infants. Creepy musical accompaniment will be provided by Bryan Mullen (Newpark School of Jazz) and there will be a chance for the audience to make their own adorable little monsters.
Ages 7+

[cta headline=”Sunday November 15th, 1pm-1.45pm in The Boys’ School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540882/events” ]Free Admission. Booking Essential. SOLD OUT[/cta]





Smock Alley Theatre is delighted to host these events as part of the Dublin Book Festival 2014. To view the full festival programme visit www.dublinbookfestival.com