Children's Books Ireland at Dublin Book Festival

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We're delighted to partner with Dublin Book Festival again this year, to bring you unique literary events this November.

The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006. The annual public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors – all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment that reflects the creativity and personality of the Irish publishing sector and its authors.

Taking place in November, the festival programmes over 60 events in venues throughout the city of Dublin, including Dublin City Libraries, National Library of Ireland, Irish Writers Centre, The Gutter Bookshop, The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin Port, Fighting Words and many more locations.

Explore our professional development and children's events below, and follow the links to the Dublin Book Festival website for booking!

Previous Proper Book event with (from left) Chris Judge, Michael Emberley, Sarah Webb and Mary Murphy in the dlr Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire. Photo by Ger Holland.

Properbook: Words and Pictures

Are you interested in writing or illustrating a picturebook but don’t know where to start? Learn from the experts at this panel with Sarah Webb, Alan Nolan and Aoife Murray in conversation with Bruno Batista, Helen Carr, Andrew Donkin, Aoife Dooley, Sarah McIntyre and Lydia Silver.

Hear from experts in the field – editors, agents, writers and illustrators and find out how Children’s Books Ireland can help and support new writers and illustrators.

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Children's author Dave Rudden

Mic Drop with Dave Rudden

Join award-winning author and event veteran Dave Rudden as he guides debut authors through how to put together a stellar author event. 

Whether it’s a school visit, bookshop appearance, festival panel or convention signing, every event is different, and its hard to know without experience how to get the best possible results, both for the author and the audience. This day-long masterclass will cover everything you need to know about being a gigging author.

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Raising Voices Fellows 2022

Raising Voices Showcase

Raising Voices is a programme run by Dublin Book Festival, Childrens’ Books Ireland, Publishing Ireland, Illustrators Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig. The aim of the programme is to develop and support aspiring artists who make work for children and young adults and whose voices have been underrepresented in literature. Here, the six 2022 Fellows present their work at an in-person showcase.

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Book doctor at her desk

Children's Books Ireland Book Clinic

Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Then pop along to the Book Clinic! Chat to the Book Doctor, consult on your favourite reads and leave with a prescription for your next book which you can take to your local bookshop or library!

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