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The second annual Humdinger! Children's Book Festival

Humdinger! celebrates words, stories and imagination and features some of the biggest and best-loved names in children’s books, including: Oliver Jeffers, Tony Ross, Ian Whybrow, Tony De Saulles, Adam Stower and loads of other stellar talent. Humdinger! will take place from the 24th - 29th of March 2014, bringing incredible artists and fabulous stories to the little bookworms of our city.

Our programme showcases fun, family-friendly, innovative events over six days, in a range of venues. Children will have a chance to meet their favourite authors and illustrators, listen to stories, take part in workshops, develop new skills, get their favourite books signed and have their imaginations sparked left, right and centre.

Following the overwhelming success of last year's inaugural Humdinger! festival, which saw over 5,000 people participate in 27 events, Dog Ears is delighted to present this year's programme. We've proven that there is a huge appetite in Derry-Londonderry for children’s events which celebrate books and offer children and their families quality experiences. Humdinger! is becoming a staple in the city's cultural calendar, and tickets are flying off our shelves, so book early and we'll see you there!

Damien Smith Damien Smith
Arts Council


It is often the first stories we read that stay with us forever, firing the imagination and enticing a new generation of readers into the world of creativity and discovery. We are delighted to be able to support this fantastic festival, which will give local children the opportunity to meet the people responsible for bringing some of their favourite characters to life and a valuable insight into their creative process.

Fionnuala Deane Carál Ní Chuilín
DCAL


The love of books and reading is developed at a very young age, which is why this celebration of children’s books is so important. The festival provides children with an opportunity to see characters from books in real life and to meet the authors and illustrators. Importantly it will also help to embed the magic of reading for life. It’s definitely an event not to be missed.

Liz Canning Liz Canning
Booktrust


Booktrust NI are delighted to be working once again with Dog Ears on the Humdinger! Children's Book Festival. We have an exciting programme of events lined up with something for everyone - Rhymetime events for Sure Start groups, author and illustrator workshops for schools and families. At Booktrust we believe that reading can change lives and Humdinger! 2014 could well be that life changing experience for some children.

Special guests

Authors, illustrators, super-heroes of children's books

We're honoured and excited to welcome this year's headline artist, Oliver Jeffers. Yay! Oliver is one of the brightest lights in the world of children's books, and in huge demand. It's a real treat that he's agreed to deliver two events for local audiences. This year's festival has many elements to it - we're on the road with Carlo Gebler and Paul Howard in a library van, we're exhibiting the gorgeous illustration work of Clive McFarland and we're working with the Nerve Centre, screening beautiful movies in our after school film club. There will be workshops, signings, a festival bookshop and loads for you to do!

Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers
Local and global hero of children's books

A homecoming extravaganza with the creator of How to Catch a Star, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Lost and Found, hosting two events - a fun family event for children and a rare opportunity for budding artists and authors to hear about Oliver's creative process. Book here!

Tony Ross

Tony Ross
Illustrator of Horrid Henry

Come along to find out how Tony created many of his best known and loved characters, including Horrid Henry, Little Princess and Dr. Xargle. Pick up some great drawing tips from one of the world’s top experts!

Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins
Author of My Funny Family

Chris has recently published My Funny Family and My Funny Family's Got Talent, and she's an expert on the funniest and best bits of being part of a household.

Ian WWhybrow

Ian Whybrow
Buckets full of dinosaurs!

Ian will be hosting a Harry and the Bucket Full of Dinosaurs event, plus a super special event where he will be revealing secrets about where his ideas come from!

Tony De Saulles

Tony De Saulles
Horrible Scientist

Join Horrible Science illustrator, Tony De Saulles, for a horribly enjoyable cartoon-illustration workshop. Discover how to draw things that look smelly, cut in half, exploding or even dead!

What's On?

MONDAY MARCH 24TH
10AM PAUL HOWARD LIBRARY VAN TOUR LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL FREE
10AM CLIVE MCFARLAND EXHIBITION HOLYWELL FREE
10AM DIGITAL BOOKS! BORROWING E-BOOKS DEMONSTRATIONCENTRAL LIBRARY FREE
1PM PAUL HOWARD LIBRARY VAN TOUR LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL FREE
4PM THE IRON GIANT HUMDINGER! FILM CLUBNERVE CENTRE CINEMA FREE
TUESDAY MARCH 25TH
10AM CARLO GEBLER LIBRARY VAN TOUR LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL FREE
1PM CARLO GEBLER LIBRARY VAN TOUR LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL FREE
4PM CHARLOTTE'S WEB HUMDINGER! FILM CLUBNERVE CENTRE CINEMA FREE
WEDNESDAY MARCH 26TH
10AM PAUL HOWARD LIBRARY VAN TOUR LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL FREE
1PM PAUL HOWARD LIBRARY VAN TOUR LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL FREE
4PM DIARY OF A WIMPY KID HUMDINGER! FILM CLUBNERVE CENTRE CINEMA FREE
THURSDAY MARCH 27TH
10AM BOOKTRUST TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA DAYHOLYWELL FREE
10AM JUDITH KERR DIGITAL EXHIBITION HOLYWELL FREE
1PM BOOKTRUST TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA DAYHOLYWELL FREE
4PM MATILDA HUMDINGER! FILM CLUBNERVE CENTRE CINEMA FREE
FRIDAY MARCH 28TH
10AM CHRIS HIGGINS FUNNY FAMILIES EVENTS HOLYWELL FREE
10AM TONY DE SAULLES HORRIBLE ILLUSTRATION HOLYWELL FREE
11AM IAN WHYBROW HARRY + HIS BUCKETFUL OF DINOSAURS HOLYWELL FREE
11AM ZOE TUCKER CREATING CHILDREN'S BOOKS OUTREACH FREE
11AM ADAM STOWER CREATING STORIES AND CHARACTERS HOLYWELL FREE
11AM SKILLSET TRAINING CREATING STORIES AND CHARACTERS HOLYWELL £50
1PM TONY DE SAULLES HORRIBLE ILLUSTRATION HOLYWELL FREE
1PM MIKE BROWNLOW ARRRRR! PIRATES EVENT!HOLYWELL FREE
2PM LOUIE STOWELL COMIC BOOK WORKSHOP HOLYWELL FREE
2PM IAN WHYBROW CREATING STORIES HOLYWELL FREE
4PM LOST AND FOUND HUMDINGER! FILM CLUB NERVE CENTRE FREE
SATURDAY MARCH 29TH
10AM FAMILY AREA VARIOUS LITTLE ACTIVITIES ST. COLUMB'S HALL FREE
10AM HUMDINGER! CINEMA ALL DAY SCREENINGS ST. COLUMB'S HALL FREE
10AM IAN WHYBROW HARRY + HIS DINOSAURS EVENTST. COLUMB'S HALL £2.50
10AM LOUIE STOWELL COMIC BOOK WORKSHOP ST. COLUMB'S HALL £2.50
10AM SKILLSET TRAINING CREATING CHILDREN'S BOOKS HOLYWELL ...
11AM TONY DE SAULLES HORRIBLE ILLUSTRATION ST. COLUMB'S HALL £2.50
11AM ADAM STOWER CREATING STORIES AND CHARACTERS ST. COLUMB'S HALL £2.50
NOON OLIVER JEFFERS FAMILY EVENTST. COLUMB'S HALL £3.50
1PM MIKE BROWNLOW ARRRRR! PIRATES EVENT! ST. COLUMB'S HALL £2.50
1PM TRISHA DEERY MAKING PICTURE BOOKS ST. COLUMB'S HALL £2.50
2:30PM TONY ROSS HOW TO MAKE A HORRID BOOK ST. COLUMB'S HALL £3.50
3PM CHRIS HIGGINS FUNNY FAMILIES EVENT ST. COLUMB'S HALL £2.50
3PM LOUIE STOWELL STORY BOOK WORKSHOP ST. COLUMB'S HALL £2.50
4PM ADAM STOWER CREATING STORIES AND CHARACTERS ST. COLUMB'S HALL £2.50
4PM MIKE BROWNLOW ARRRRR! PIRATES EVENT!ST. COLUMB'S HALL £2.50
5PM OLIVER JEFFERS THE WORLD OF OLIVER JEFFERS ST. COLUMB'S HALL FREE

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Find out more...

Download our programme for all the details, or check these contacts for more info...

Our festival book seller is Little Acorns so bring along some pocket money and make sure you have a book to get signed!

Different events suit different age groups, please pay attention to the event details for everyone's maximum enjoyment.

All Humdinger! events are ticketed. For booking school events, please contact david@cheersdogears.com (028 71308640)

To book events in St. Columb's Hall, please see derryplayhouse.co.uk (028 71268027). Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

P.S. Thanks very much to all the individuals, organisations, funding bodies and businesses who have joined forces with us to help deliver Humdinger! 2014 :)

The Dog Ears team x

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Dog Ears
Holywell Building
10-12 Bishop Street
Derry / Londonderry
N. Ireland BT48 6PW
(028)71 308640

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