‘Children Save Dublin’: A One City One Book event for Dublin kids
As any parent knows, next week is the mid-term break and if any of you are searching for ideas to keep the children occupied then why not look at the events taking place to tie in with Dublin’s newest literary festival.
The festival, an initiative of UNESCO and Dublin City of Literature was launched on 17th January and it will run until the grand finale event at Connolly Station in March. But what is it all about? The event is a children’s version of the well-established One City One Book Readathon. Children in 4th and 5th classes citywide are being encouraged to read, talk about and participate in activities around, one particular book.
First time author Alan Early’s Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent had the honour of being chosen by the organisers for this exciting event. Early’s book had previously also been shortlisted in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2011 so he has had an exciting few months. This book is part one of a planned trilogy, part two being well on the way to publication according to a recent interview with the author by www.writing.ie .
The fast paced story is set in modern day Dublin, but with the not so modern addition of a Viking god on the loose. Three children, Arthur, Ash and Will have the rather daunting task of dealing with Loki and despatching him whence he came while at the same time dealing with a rather large monster. Cue perilous adventures in the city for the intrepid threesome.
Alan Early will be participating in events and workshops during the reading project and has set up an interactive web site and blog for his many readers. To compliment the author events, the ever popular Michael Moylan from Irish History Live will be running Viking themed events next week. Check out the links below for further information on the events hosted by Dublin libraries.
And watch out for giant serpents…