Tickets for events can be purchased in advance online below or by phone via the Box Office on 089 436 9868.
Tickets are also available in advance in Kells from the BOOK MARKet Café (11am-3pm Tuesday to Saturday) and in Trim from Antonia’s Bookstore (tel – 046 943 7532).
During the festival, ticket collection and sales are available at the ticket office in Kells Theatre on Kenlis Place. For further information on visiting Kells and the Festival, please call 089 436 9868.
Our programme this year is dominated by Crinniú na nÓg at Hinterland on Saturday 23 June and Harry Potter at 21. During our participation in Crinniú (Creative Ireland’s nationwide celebration of writing and cultural activities for children, Tatyana Feeney (Socks for Mister Wolf) will kick off with an event for the very youngest, Ruth Eastham (Warriors in the Mist) will cater to young adults, there will be two performances of Deirde Kinahan’s new play for children Me, Mollie and Moo (7+) while in the afternoon Sinead O’Hart (The Eye of the North) and Gerard Siggins (the ‘Rugby Spirit’ series) will engage the attention of the 10+ age group. While all that is going on fans of Harry Potter will be able to participate in a unique Harry Potter-themed treasure hunt around the town. A clipboard would be useful!
On Sunday Alan Nolan will start us off early with two workshops for younger readers and budding artists, Let’s Colour Ireland and Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week Workshop.Self-confessed Harry Potter obsessive Kelly Gartland will host a Harry Potter workshop which, we are told, will involve lots of work on potions and should be quite smelly. For the slightly older age group Elizabeth Rose Murray (The Book of Revenge) will be reading from her latest novel, Mary Watson (The Wren Hunt) will host an event for young adults while Anna Carey will be introducing her young heroine Molly (The Making of Molly) as she pursues votes for women.
Join comedian Jason Byrne for a deadly introduction to his first children’s book, The Accidental Adventures of Onion O’Brien: The Great Ape Escape. He’ll be joined by illustrator Oisín McGann. Discover Jason’s central characters the Five Os: Onion O’Brien (based on Jason as a boy!), Sive O’Connor, Dallan Okoye, Cliona O’Hare and Onion’s big brother Derek. Inspired by Jason’s own suburban boyhood, in their first adventure the Five Os wind up trying to hide an escaped baby ape from an evil circus ringmaster. Be prepared for fun and antics: as anyone who’s a fan of Jason’s appearances as a judge on TV3’s Ireland’s Got Talent will know – things could get wild!
Seámus is author of Spuds and the Spider and new book Spuds and the Crock of Gold. Join him for a lively and interactive reading session where children will get the opportunity to release their inner Leprechaun and act out scenes from the book. As well as that there’ll be some competitions and spot prizes, colouring, and a question time to finish up.
Oisín McGann is a writer and illustrator who has produced dozens of books, including Headbomz: Wreckin’ Yer Head, the Mad Grandad series and The Forbidden Files, as well as a whole bunch of critically-acclaimed novels. If he has physically recovered from the mayhem of his earlier event with Jason Byrne, this one should not be missed.
In this fun workshop for young explorers with illustrator and author Jennifer Farley, kids will map their own place, starting with their home and expanding out into their local area. Map your house, map your garden, map your route to school. Add your favourite landmark. How about the pets that live in the neighbourhood? Kids will discover what fascinates them about a place; is it a memory, or maybe an experience? By creating a map of their surroundings, kids identify the essence of what is meaningful to a place for them and also learn how to visualise their world creatively. Kids will learn how to draw a simple compass rose to add to their maps.
Roald Dahl is still as popular as ever and his books regarded as modern-day classics. How could Hinterland not celebrate his phizz-whizzing stories? Inspired by the works of Roald Dahl, Kelly Gartland will be inventing some magical medicines with the kiddles. With games – and a lot of mess! – there will be some splendiferous fun had by all.
Open children’s eyes to the natural world with this special nature-themed event from Juanita Browne, author of The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife (O’Brien Press). Juanita will explore Irish nature through the seasons – from what’s in your back garden to our mountains, rivers, forests and seas. Learn about Irish birds, mammals, plants, insects and amphibians. From fascinating facts to weird and wonderful natural phenomena, this fun event will capture your imagination!
In this interactive and engaging event join Gerry Daly on an adventure to explore the Skellig islands, meet the many animals that live there and learn all about the life of a puffling. Where Are You, Puffling? is the new book by Erika McGann and Gerry Daly. Children will love this event with puffin puppets, live illustration demonstrations and engaging reading sessions.
Last year the shop windows of Kells harboured the secrets of Harry Potter. This year attention shifts to the zany characters created by the great children’s writer Roald Dahl. Just call into Insomnia Café between 2pm and 2.30pm, get your form and your start time and begin the search for the Fantastic Mr. Fox, a golden ticket, George’s medicine and a lot more. Please bring your own clipboard. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the Treasure Hunt.
Author Sadhbh Devlin will read her picture book Bí ag Spraoi Liom and afterwards discuss inventions and creativity with the children, who will then have a chance to design their own inventions.
Léifidh Sadhbh Devlin, údar Bí ag Spraoi Liom, a scéal agus pléifidh sí cruthaíocht agus cumadóireacht leis na páistí. Beidh deis ag na páistí a chumadóireacht féin a dhéanamh agus measín dá cuid féin a dhearadh.
Are you curious where all our stuff comes from? Join Owen to hear stories of some of the world’s great discoveries, inventions and designs, and the women who made them. Why not design your own invention at this workshop with the author of Bright Sparks, Amazing Discoveries, Inventions and Designs by Women (O’Brien Press)?