• Dave Rudden Deirdre Sullivan Brain Drain Baby Performed LIVE at Dublin Book Festival

    Have you ever read a Nightmare Club book and wished the the story would come alive? Ever wished you could meet Annie Graves, the creepy girl who oversees the ghost stories? Or hear the tale direct from the storytellers lips?

    Well, you’re in luck. Because Annie Graves and Dave Rudden, the creator of Brain Drain Baby, came to Dublin Book Festival a few days ago and performed this ghastly tale for a group of children. And for YOU.

    For more info on the book, have a look here!

    By Little Island

  • fanmail Fan Mail from a Young Wordsmith

    A few weeks ago, a mother wrote to Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in Galway asking to source a signed copy of The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde for her son, who had been reading and loving the book. Patricia not only sent him the signed book, but also included a birthday card, because that’s just the kind of person she is. Patricia received this letter in return, which we’ve published here with Cole’s and his mum’s permission. Thank you Cole! Readers like you are why we do what we do.


    Dear Patricia Forde,

    No harm. Thank you for the signed book and card that you sent for my birthday. The book was special but the card made it even more special.

    Your book was amazing because it made me understand how important words were and how people in power use their power to control everyone. Also it got through to me on a different level than just a normal story and made me understand how important human rights are. There’s no way I would have been as brave as Letta or have realised what Noa was trying to do. I was so excited at some points that I got up in the middle of the night to share my ideas with my mum and dad so they eventually read it too.

    Over all I think my favourite scene was p.200-204 (the part where they’re preparing themselves for the fight to come). This to me felt a really significant point in the book because it just shows that they’re prepared and not going to wimp out and it’s about taking power, not just being under Noa’s command.

    I’ve recommended the book to some of my friends and told the librarian about it so she would recommend it too. I really hope you write a sequel.

    Thank you
    Cole (aged 10)



    By Little Island

  • Dublin Book Festival Little Island and Dublin Book Festival

    Children’s books are making a splash at this year’s Dublin Book Festival! Not only that, but Little Island are one of the big rocks that are making it (did we carry the metaphor too far?). We’ve got four brilliant events lined up with the festival, two of which are for young readers and two for adults. Check them out below and click on the titles to book on the Dublin Book Festival website!

    Writing for Young Adults and Children With Eoin Colfer, John Connolly and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick In conversation with Aoife Murray

    When: Sunday 15 November, from 1.00pm – 2.30pm

    Where: Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre

    Cost: €5/ €3 concession | BOOK NOW

    We invite you to join Aoife Murray, Programme and Events Manager at Children’s Books Ireland, as she discusses the secrets and joys that come with writing for young adults and children with three of Ireland’s best-known practitioners: Eoin Colfer, Laureate na nÓg and author of the world-famous Artemis Fowl series; John Connolly, known to younger readers for his Samuel Johnson supernatural novels; and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, author of many picture books and novels including Hagwitch, winner of the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Award 2014. In association with Little Island Books.

    Once upon a Place With Seamus Cashman, Paula Leyden, Oisin McGann In association with Little Island Books

    When: Friday 13 November, from 10.30am – 11.30am

    Where: Smock Alley Theatre

    Ages 10 – 12

    Cost: Free entry

    Join award-winning children’s writers Paula Leyden, Oisín McGann and Seamus Cashman for a storytelling extravaganza celebrating the release of Once upon a Place – a new collection of stories and poetry from the very best in Irish children’s writing, published by Little Island Books and edited by Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer.

    All three writers will perform stories and poetry before dividing the audience into groups for workshops, where young readers will use different styles and forms of writing and storytelling to express their own story ideas.

    The Nightmare Club: Little Monsters – Brain Drain Baby Launch by ‘Annie Graves’ With Dave Rudden

    When: Sunday 15 November, from 1.00pm – 1.45pm

    Where: Boys’ School, Smock Alley Theatre

    Ages 7+

    Cost: Free entry

    Places limited, booking essential | BOOK NOW

    Cute things are gross. It’s a known fact. Babies, puppies, tiny rabbits… ugh. And sometimes adorable little smushface things aren’t just gross… they’re evil.

    Join Dave Rudden as he reads from Brain Drain Baby (Little Island), a story about sinister siblings and insidious infants. Creepy musical accompaniment will be provided by Bryan Mullen (Newpark School of Jazz) and there will be a chance for the audience to make their own adorable little monsters.

    Writers’ Event: Meet the Editors – Dan Bolger, Helen Carr, Gráinne Clear and Patsy Horton In conversation with Declan Meade

    When: Friday 13 November, from 1.05pm – 2.10pm

    Where: Boys’ School, Smock Alley Theatre

    Cost: €5/€3 Concession | BOOK NOW

    If you’re a writer with a manuscript ready to submit or are generally interested in finding out how to impress publishers and editors, join our panel for an afternoon of expert advice about best practice when submitting your work. Declan Meade, publishing manager and founder of The Stinging Fly will be in conversation with Gráinne Clear, Publishing Manager at Little Island Books; Dan Bolger, Commissioning Editor at New Island Books; Helen Carr, Senior Editor with The O’Brien Press and Patsy Horton, Managing Editor of Blackstaff Press.

    By Little Island