Dublin Book Festival 2019 – Children’s Programme

Children’s Area, The Winter Garden
All the Family

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, draw a picture, browse the bookshop or take part in one of our free, 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=”Fri 15 Nov 12:30pm-4pm, Sun 17 Nov 12pm-4pm”][/cta]

Children’s Treasure Hunt
All the Family

World-famous scientist Dr. Ada is almost ready to finish her experiment when she realises that an evil villain has stolen her science equipment!
Put on your detective hats and join in our Treasure Hunt to return her equipment before it’s too late.
Follow the directions given to you by the Chief Detective to find the clues hidden around Temple Bar.
Find the answers to the riddles and return to be rewarded for your detective skills with a secret prize!
We will also have a winner for the best costume, be it a scientist, a detective, a villain… anything your heart desires!






[cta headline=”Fri 15 Nov 12:30pm-4pm, Sun 17 Nov 12pm-4pm”][/cta]

The Sky ISN’T the Limit!
with Jennifer Farley

What’s better than doodling pictures on paper? Creating a GIANT masterpiece with your friends and family.
Led by Jennifer Farley, illustrator of Shooting for the Stars (The O’Brien Press) by Norah Patten and Island of Adventures (The O’Brien Press), this afternoon event is perfect for any little artist.

Come and draw everything you can imagine, from monsters under the earth, to planets in space, and help create a magnificent work of art for all to see!






[cta headline=”Sat 16 Nov | 12:15pm | Winter Garden (Banquet Hall) | Free entry, Booking essential as places are limited” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”https://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873608542″][/cta]

Creating Monsters! with Alan Nolan

Join Alan Nolan, illustrator and author of many children’s books and comics including Let’s Colour Ireland! (The O’Brien Press) and Fintan’s Fifteen (The O’Brien Press), for a fun-packed interactive family event involving paper, crayons, plastocine and plenty of imagination! Bring your little monsters to create their very own little monsters in our cosy Winter Garden.

Alan Nolan lives and works in Bray, County Wicklow. He is co-creator (with Ian Whelan) of Sancho comic which was shortlisted for two Eagle awards, and is the author and illustrator of The Big Break Detectives Casebook, the ‘Murder Can Be Fatal’ series, Fintan’s Fifteen, Conor’s Caveman, Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week, Sam Hannigan and The Last Dodo, and the Irish World Book Day book for 2019, Sam Hannigan’s Rockstar Granny.




[cta headline=”Sat 16 Nov | 1:15pm – 2pm | Winter Garden (Banquet Hall) | Free entry, Booking essential as places are limited” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”https://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873608542″][/cta]

Our Little Album of Dublin: a Chat and a Poetry Treasure Hunt!
With Tarsila Krüse and Juliette Saumande

Take a walk through Dublin where you don’t have to get out of your chair!
Learn all about the creative process for the book My Little Album of Dublin (The O’Brien Press) by Tarsila Krüse and Juliette Saumande.
Join them in a poetry treasure hunt around the room, figure out the clues, answer some questions and come back with some treasures that will help you create your very own poem!
A fun-filled event, full of art and games, perfect for a chilly Sunday morning.






[cta headline=”Sun 17 Nov | 11am | Boys’ School | Free entry, Booking essential as places are limited” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”https://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873608544″][/cta]

Dare to Dream: Interactive Family History Event
With Sarah Webb

Find out about some of Ireland’s most remarkable people in this fun family event which includes history, dressing up and acting.
Sarah will introduce some of the remarkable people from Irish history who feature in her books, including Granuaile, ground-breaking 19th doctor and surgeon, Dr James Barry (aka Margaret Ann Bulkley), Antarctic explorer and Kerry man, Tom Crean and many more.

A world of bravery, daring and adventure awaits! Sarah Webb’s book, Blazing a Trail: Irish Women Who Changed the World, illustrated by Lauren O’Neill won the An Post Irish Book Awards, Senior Category. Her new book, Dare to Dream: Irish People Who Took on the World (and Won!) (The O’Brien Press) illustrated by Graham Corcoran is published by The O’Brien Press.




[cta headline=”Sun 17 Nov | 12:15pm | Boys’ School | Free Entry, Booking Required” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”https://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873608545″][/cta]

Draw and Tell with Peter Donnelly

Join the brilliant and best-selling author and illustrator Peter Donnelly, author of The President’s Cat (Gill Books), in one of his exciting workshops for a lively mixture of storytelling and live drawing with lots of audience participation!








[cta headline=”Sun 17 Nov | 1pm | Winter Garden (Banquet Hall) | Booking essential as places are limited” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”https://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873608546″][/cta]

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Smock Alley Theatre is delighted to host these events as part of the Dublin Book Festival 2019. To view the full festival programme visit www.dublinbookfestival.com