The inaugural 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: Julia Donaldson, Roddy Doyle, Meg Rosoff, Alex T. Smith and Malachy Doyle. Humdinger! is Dog Ears’ first large-scale children’s book festival and kicks-off on World Book Day 7th March 2013.
Our programme showcases fun, family-friendly, innovative events over three days, in a range of venues across the city. Children will have a chance to meet their favourite authors and illustrators, experience beautiful music, take part in craft workshops, develop new skills and have their imaginations sparked left, right and centre.
Since setting up in 2010 Dog Ears has proven that there is a huge appetite in Derry-Londonderry for children’s events which celebrate books and offer children and parents quality experiences. We’re proud to present this festival programme and delighted to work with great partners to deliver events that will fill the city with little bookworms. Humdinger! is sure to be a must-attend event for babies, children and parents in 2013.
I can think of no better legacy to bequeath to children in the city than an interest in reading. It’s great to have writers of the calibre of Julia Donaldson and Roddy Doyle participating in the festival and having already experienced the excellent work that Dog Ears does in the city I have no doubt that this will be an outstanding event.
Sponsoring ‘Humdinger! Children’s Book Festival’ is our privilege. Supporting education, particularly of children is a key part of our community engagement strategy and Tesco is delighted that so many children and families throughout the Derry/Londonderry area are participating in this event.
Booktrust is delighted to be working alongside Dog Ears and other key partners on the inaugral Derry Children's Book Festival, Humdinger! We are proud to be associated with such an exciting range of literary events which is sure to inspire a love of stories, rhymes and books for children and families in the UK City of Culture 2013.
Authors, illustrators, super-heroes of children's books
Our Humdinger! roster is packed full of local, international and stellar talents. From the Quercus Ensemble's performance of an orchestral, sing and laugh along version of Little Red Riding Hood, to a full mini-festival in Irish at An Culturlann, Humdinger! is brimming with people and stories worth hearing about.
Alongside authors like Derek Keilty and Malachy Doyle, and illustrators such as Trisha Deery, here are some other people you'll be meeting along the way...
After last years sell-out performance in the Forum we're delighted to welcome back Julia and her husband Malcolm to perform two of their trademark stage shows. Featuring songs and stories from Julia's best loved books, much sword waving and general craic, these shows are an absolute treat... Book here!
Legend of irish books and childrens's author Roddy Doyle will be reading his own stories in The Playhouse.
In a session with schools from across the city, Meg will be revealing the secret to finding your voice...
Words and rhythm blend and bubble together in Michael's amazing workshops (n.b. involves jumping).
Explore the crazy and lovely world of Alex and his characters through live drawing, colour and words...
|THURSDAY MARCH 7TH|
|10:00AM||EDENBALLYMORE SURESTART||BOOKTRUST STORYTIME|
|10:00AM||AN CULTURLANN||STORYTELLING IN IRISH|
|10:00AM||THE PLAYHOUSE||RODDY DOYLE|
|10:30AM||WATERSIDE SURESTART||BOOKTRUST STORYTIME|
|1:30PM||THE PLAYHOUSE||QUERCUS ENSEMBLE / RED RIDING HOOD|
|4:30PM||CENTRAL LIBRARY||BEDTIME STORY AND RHYMES|
|FRIDAY MARCH 8TH|
|9:30AM||FAB LAB, NERVE CENTRE||MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK-ENDS|
|9:30AM||CENTRAL LIBRARY||LANGUAGE WORKSHOP|
|9:45AM||THE PLAYHOUSE||ALEX T. SMITH AND THE CREATORS OF RASTAMOUSE|
|10:00AM||AN CULTURLANN||STORYTELLING IN IRISH|
|11:00AM||CENTRAL LIBRARY||BABY'S DAY OUT BOOK LAUNCH|
|1:30PM||ST. CECILIA'S||MEG ROSOFF|
|1:30PM||THE PLAYHOUSE||QUERCUS ENSEMBLE/ RED RIDING HOOD|
|1:30PM||FAB LAB, NERVE CENTRE||MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK-ENDS|
|3:30PM||NERVE CENTRE CINEMA||GRUFFALO AND GRUFFALO'S CHILD SCREENING|
|SATURDAY MARCH 9TH|
|10:00AM||THE PLAYHOUSE||STORIES THROUGH PICTURES|
|10:00AM||DOG EARS HQ||WRITING FOR CHILDREN WORKSHOP|
|11:30AM||MILLENNIUM FORUM||JULIA DONALDSON LIVE STAGE SHOW|
|1:00PM||THE PLAYHOUSE||BOOK MAKING WORKSHOP|
|1:00PM||THE PLAYHOUSE||MALACHY DOYLE|
|2:00PM||THE PLAYHOUSE||ALEX T. SMITH|
|2:00PM||NERVE CENTRE CINEMA||GRUFFALO AND GRUFFALO'S CHILD SCREENING|
|2:00PM||MILLENNIUM FORUM||JULIA DONALDSON LIVE STAGE SHOW|
|3:00PM||AN CULTURLANN||ROSIE RUA BOOK LAUNCH AND DRESS UP PARTY|
|3:00PM||THE PLAYHOUSE||CREATORS OF RASTAMOUSE|
|4:00PM||THE PLAYHOUSE||DEREK KEILTY|
Download our programme for all the details, or check these contacts for more info...
All Humdinger! events are ticketed. Please note different venues are helping us host our festival, with different booking systems, please see each event listing to ensure you book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Quote DOGEARS13 for a special rate at the Tower Hotel - £70 B&B per single and £80 B&B per twin/double room. Subject to availability.
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