This winter 'The Ark' in Dublin's Temple Bar will become a hive of story-centred activity for families to explore. The Ark has partnered with Children’s Books Ireland and Poetry Ireland to present StorySpark, a celebration of children’s literature and story that will light up even the darkest of days.
Launched in Dublin last night, the event will run each weekend from 23rd November – 19th December and will feature readings and creative workshops many of the top names in children’s literature including: Derek Landy, Anthony McGowan, Roddy Doyle, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Mary Arrigan and Aubrey Flegg, Ali Sparkes, Tony Mitton, Enda Wyley and Larry O’Loughlin, Marcus Sedgwick, Guy Bass, John Boyne, Ian Beck, Philip Ardagh, Oisín McGann and Joe O’Brien, Niamh Sharkey, Sarah Webb, Brianóg Brady Dawson and Gillian Perdue.
Watch this space for insights into the people behind the books, as I will be running a number of author interviews over the next 2 weeks.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings, the creative facilities of The Story Lab, a facilitated interactive space, will be open to those wishing to write and record their own stories, or to enjoy those left by others.
Later in the afternoon, The Reading Room will play host to some of the most talented children's authors writing today, with a series of exclusive readings at 2pm and 4pm.
This is an unmissable chance to go behind the scenes of favourite books and put questions to the people who created them. The latest titles by all participating authors will be available from The Story Store (hosted by The Gutter Bookshop), with signings taking place after each event. Weekdays (Tue – Fri) StorySpark welcomes schools to take part in a morning visit to The Ark comprising two separate hour-long storytelling experiences:
For full programme details, times and all you need to know go to www.ark.ie, phone 01 6707788 or visit in person at The Ark, 11a Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.