The 'Whole Wild World' Bus Tour is coming to town

September 2023
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Join Laureate na nÓg Patricia Forde and a bus of artists on their journey down the Wild Atlantic Way!

Applications are now open to venues wishing to take part in Laureate na nÓg Patricia Forde’s Whole Wild World Bus Tour.

In April 2024, Patricia will bring a bus full of the very best Irish children’s authors and illustrators for a trip down the Wild Atlantic Way, from Donegal all the way to Cork. The bus will stop at schools, libraries and bookshops, working with young readers to imagine new worlds in words and pictures.

Schools, libraries, bookshops and cultural venues wishing to be a stop on the tour are invited to register their interest before Friday 29th September 2023.


Patricia Forde, the seventh Laureate na nÓg

‘I want to bring together my two favourite groups of people – the children of Ireland, and the writers and illustrators we have in such abundance – to shape new stories, and share old ones. Simply put, we’re bringing books and their creators to an audience that doesn’t often get a chance to meet them. The spark for a new story is never very far away, and with the Whole Wild World Bus Tour, we’re hoping to bring it that little bit closer.’

- Patricia Forde, Laureate na nÓg

Patricia Forde was announced as Laureate na nÓg in May 2023. Her theme, Samhlaigh! Samhlaigh! Making it Up as We Go Along seeks to spark wild creativity across the country - bringing children and artists together to inspire one another, to imagine new worlds, and most of all, to have fun along the way. The Whole Wild World bus tour will form a central part of her Laureate term.

The tour will bring workshops, readings and artist events to venues along the Wild Atlantic Way, with the final route to be determined.

Applications to host an event as part of the Whole Wild World tour can be made online at

Closing date is Friday 29 September 2023.