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Clare County Library - Children’s Book Festival 2003

Details of Festival Events

The Billy Holiday Puppet Show (4 – 8 age group)
Can sheep make it big in show business? Why do goats sing and what can a bee, a mouse and an unknown furry creature have in common? The Billy Holiday show has all the answers. With a little help from the audience all will be revealed.


Pat Ryan Storyteller (All ages)
Internationally famous storyteller and entertainer, tours regularly throughout Britain and Ireland. He has written and performed for BBC Radio’s educational and children’s programmes.


The Green Witch of the West (Ages 8 to 12)
Corn dolly making with Melanie Lorien, Green Witch of the West


David Donohue Author (Ages 6 to 12)
Author of popular children’s book Walter Speazlebud published by O’Brien Press.


Liam Farrell Author (Ages 6 to 12)
For children who want to hear the “true” story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, Liam Farrell will bring the characters in his books to life. Books published by Liam Farrell include The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf and The Untold Story: The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf.

Liam will act out the characters in his books for younger children aged six to nine or alternatively will hold informal “how to write” workshops for older children. Check with your local library for details.


Billy Teare Storyteller (Ages 6 to 12)
Billy Teare is an incredible entertainer with a natural talent for more than just storytelling. His other talents include juggling, magic, mimicry, jaw harp and harmonica playing and songs. Understandably he's loved by children and adults alike.


Eanna Ni Lamhna (Ages 7 to 12)
Well-known botanist and entomologist and experienced radio and television broadcaster, Eanna has appeared regularly on The Den and has been a frequent guest on The Late Late Show. Her distinctive voice is well known to Radio listeners and TV viewers both young and old. As well as her enthusiasm for creepy-crawlies, she has a special interest in bats and is deeply involved in education.


Irish Science Live (Ages 8 to 12)
Science is presented in a hands-on show using items from the home and toy box. Children can become magicians and explore the magic of science. Young scientists will be able to repeat each experiment at home and see their world through new eyes.


Irish History Live (Ages 7 to 12)
Viking warriors display their prized possessions, weapons, armour, and artefacts.

Norman Knights demonstrate twelfth century technology and storytellers from the mists of time come to our day to spin the yarns that captivate, enthral, terrify and amaze.


“Painting the Princess” by the Spring Onion Puppet Theatre (Ages 7 – 12)
Children’s Puppet Theatre at its best. “Painting the Princess” has been described as “…entertaining, funny, serious, lively, colourful and powerful in its message and relevant to the revised visual art curriculum,” by schools throughout Ireland.


Children’s Halloween Workshop with Ruth Marshall (Ages 8 to 12)
A feast of Halloween fun featuring games, storytelling and crafts based on Ruth Marshall’s book Celebrating Irish Festivals published by Hawthorn Press, U.K. 2003.


Halloween Art Workshops with Alan Shoosmith Artist (Ages 7 – 12)
An hour long art session on a Halloween theme conducted by artist, Alan Shoosmith.


Eddie Lenihan Storyteller (Ages 7 to 12)

Local author and storyteller, Eddie Lenihan tells Gruesome Tales for children from the past and present.


A Splash of Colour
Killaloe based artist, Nicola Welford runs a painting workshop “A Splash of Colour” specialising in watercolours in Killaloe Library.

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