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Kids’ Irish language books festival

Feabhra 19, 2013

A CHILDREN’S book and storytelling festival conducted through the Irish language will run in Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 from March 7-9 as part of Irish Language Week 2013.

The festival aims to inspire a love of books, reading and storytelling in the Irish language among children of all ages.

Féile Bheag na Leabhar begins on Thursday, March 7, with a special storytelling event for children aged between 8 and 11 to celebrate World Book Day.

Donegal storyteller Gearóidín Bhreathnach and Séamas Mac Annaidh are amongst those taking part with the latter hosting a reading and storytelling event for children aged between 5 and 7 which will re-imagine traditional Irish myths and fables for a younger audience.

This event will feature folktales and legends reinterpreted for new listeners and told in the storyteller’s inimitable dramatic style.

The festival closes on Saturday, March 9, with the launch of the beautiful children’s book ‘Déanann Rosie Réidh’ which was written, illustrated and produced by local author Trisha Deery and which will be read in Irish by Cara Ní Mhaonaigh.

Participating children are invited to come dressed for a party like the Rosie Red character who features in the book and hear stories in Irish take part in some fun party activities in the Irish language.

Trisha Deery who wrote and illustrated the book will also be there to join in the celebrations and to do some live drawing with the children!Féile Bheag na Leabhar is organised by Derry City Council in partnership with the Humdinger! Children’s Literature Festival. You can download the full Humdinger! programme from the following link: www.humdingerbookfestival.com.

Throughout the festival an Irish language book-fair featuring the very best in Irish language publishing will be available. All events will take place at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.

All events will be delivered in the Irish language. Prior booking is essential for all events as places are limited.