Paragraphs to diary to book fest

    Mayor Peter Cleere, Aisling Kelly, Library Service, Mary Butler, Kilkenny County Council Arts Officer, Josephine Coyne, Library Service with Liz Walsh, Bookville Co-ordinator, at the launch of the Bookville Festival Pic: Harry Reid

    OUR collection of book festival paragraphs is compulsive reading and certainly worth pencilling into your diary.

    Bookville Festival Kilkenny is being welcomed back for a second year.

    The 2018 festival is from October 9 to16. It promises to be bigger and better than last year and events are free.

    Thirty participants including authors, storytellers, yoga teachers, musicians, illustrators and artists will showcase events for families and children up to 12 years throughout the county.

    This is happening due to the combined forces of Kilkenny Library Service and Kilkenny Arts Office.

    The festival team is delighted that so many creative figures have got on board once again to become part of this fun filled festival.

    Bookville also has a specialised school programme throughout Kilkenny and county. Its aim is to have long lasting educational, social and cultural benefits for young people.

    Venues include library branches in Callan, Castlecomer, Ferrybank, Graignamanagh, Thomastown, Urlingford, Loughboy, City Library, the Arts Office, Dean Street and the Parade Tower.

    Headlining authors and artists include Shane Hegarty (Darkmouth fantasy series), Sarah Webb (Blazing Trail and A Sailor went to Sea), Alan Nolan (Fintan’s Fifteen series) and Peter Donnelly (The President’s Glasses).

    There is Messy Play with Eilis O’Toole where babies and toddlers learn about their world through sensory play.

    Yoga Storytelling is with Nicola Foxe. Joint author Sadhbh Devlin and illustrator Tarsila Kruse will have a fun-filled workshop based on their picture book Bi ag Spraoi Liom!

    Kilkenny Arts Officer, Mary Butler says Bookville Festival is an opportunity for children and families to enjoy exciting and energetic events across the county. All events are full of fun and creativity, she adds.

    County Librarian, Josephine Coyne says: “We are delighted to be bringing these fantastic artists here and hope to fuel the imagination and inspire children of all ages with our wide range of events.”

    Bookville is programmed by Kilkenny County Council Library Services and Arts Office, supported by KCLR96fm, Creative Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland.

    Further information on or

    Kilkenny Library services on 056-7794160, or Kilkenny Arts Office 0n 056-7794547

    Booking is essential for events. Booking opens September 18. Contact your local library for library events, Kilkenny Arts Office for Arts Office events.

    Bookings for the Parade Tower are also through the Arts Office.