Children’s Books Ireland Covid-19 update

Office

The Children’s Books Ireland office is closed, and all staff are working from home, and will be for the foreseeable future following Government advice.  Our contact details and the projects each staff member is responsible for can be found here.

We will be continuing on with our usual work, with a new particular focus on making resources available for children and families online and continuing to support artists through this challenging time.

Events

Our projects in schools will move online where possible, and events will be delivered digitally, postponed or cancelled, depending on the feasibility of each option for the schools, artists and our team. We are committed to the health and safety of all our stakeholders and our staff, and as a result we will be making the difficult decision to cancel some events which were scheduled to take place in the coming months. We will update this as further decisions are made.

Cancelled events

  • Laureate na nÓg We Are The Poets / Read DL poetry concert at Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey on Thursday 26 March.

Supporting artists

Children’s Books Ireland is committed to ensuring that artists are paid for any programmed events to which they have already committed. Where possible, we will deliver events or resources online. In the event of a postponed event, we will pay the artist fee on receipt of an invoice without delay in order to avoid cash flow issues for artists. If neither of these is possible, the artist will be paid regardless.

We also want to know what kind of support would be of most use at this time. We invite artists to fill out this short survey here so that we can best support and advocate for you during this challenging time:

The Irish Writers Centre has put together this useful blog post for artists, with links to resources and support available.

The Civic Theatre has closed applications from artists for their emergency grant fund for the moment, but check back here; they will reopen if they raise further funds. To donate to this fund, go here.

KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards

We are working with our funders, partners and shortlisted artists on plans for the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards in May. The physical ceremony as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin on 19th May will no longer take place, but we will announce the award winners on that date – more details to follow.  

The Junior Juries process will remain open, with resources available for participating groups. We will not be asking Junior Juries to score the books this year and will not award the Junior Juries award, as many groups may struggle with accessing the titles. However, we are working with Libraries Ireland to make more copies of the shortlisted books available as eBooks or eAudio books, and copies of all the books are available to order from booksellers which remain open for online ordering. IES have offered a 25% on the shortlisted books. We will be working with our shortlisted authors and illustrators to bring online storytelling sessions, illustration workshops and Q&A’s so children can continue to interact with the shortlisted titles in a different way. We will also have some creative activities for the children to do at home!

The KPMG Reading Hero Award will be going ahead. The Reading Hero Award recognises a young person’s potential and gives them encouragement to pursue their chosen path. We are asking you to get involved and to nominate your Reading Hero!  We will be extending the closing date for nominations on this, and will keep registered groups updated via email and on this webpage.