Laureate na nÓg, Children’s Books Ireland and Little Island Books bring children’s books extravaganza to Electric Picnic

For the first time ever Children’s Books Ireland and Laureate na nÓg will take part in the celebration of music, arts, food, culture and utter madness that is Electric Picnic! Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer and a spectacular line-up of authors, illustrators, storytellers and poets will appear in the Literary Tent in the Mindfield arena on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of September, alongside Children’s Books Ireland’s Book Clinic and Epic Monster Doodles.

The events will feature contributors from the forthcoming Once upon a Place anthology for children, compiled by Eoin Colfer and published by Little Island this October. Once upon A Place features six new poems by Irish poets alongside stories from many of Ireland’s leading children’s writers including Roddy Doyle and former Laureate na nÓg Siobhán Parkinson, as well as new work by Eoin Colfer himself. Exclusive to Electric Picnic, contributors will tell stories, draw and read from the book for the first time, giving families a sneak peek before publication date. The conversations will be led by children’s author and former Director of the Galway Arts Festival, Patricia Forde.

On Saturday 5th September, see author and Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer, former Laureate na nÓg Siobhán Parkinson (2010–2012) and poet Enda Wyley in conversation, with live drawing from author and illustrator P.J. Lynch, twice winner of the Kate Greenaway medal.

On Sunday 6th September, Man Booker prize winner Roddy Doyle, author-illustrators Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick and Oisín McGann and bestselling author for children and adults Sarah Webb join Patricia Forde in the Literary Tent.

Children’s Books Ireland will also be bringing fun book events for all families to Mindfield at Electric Picnic, with the Book Doctor seeing patients and recommending great books. Doctors Louise and Olivia will consult with young patients, diagnose their reading complaints and send them off with a book prescription to be filed at their local library or bookshop. The Book Clinic welcomes all families and is perfect for the bookworm who has finished a long series and doesn’t know what to read next as well as the reluctant reader who is yet to find a book to love.

The Electric Picnic Epic Monster Doodles will also take place in the Mindfield Arena. The Epic Monster Doodle allows families to express themselves and work together to produce a massive piece of art. Meet our resident illustrators, Michael Emberley (Miss Brooks Loves Books!) and Steve McCarthy (Sally Go Round the Stars) to learn how to draw the scariest of monsters and join in a massive communal drawing on a huge roll of paper.

All activities will take place from 1.00 p.m. until 2.30 p.m. on Saturday 5th September and Sunday 6th September. Times are subject to change – see for most up to date information.

For more information please contact Elaina Ryan, Director, Children’s Books Ireland: / 01 8727475



About Laureate na nÓg
Eoin Colfer is the current Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s children’s literature Laureate. Laureate na nÓg is an exciting project, recognising the role and importance of literature for children. Since becoming Laureate in 2014, Eoin has placed the power of storytelling at the heart of his term. His Once upon a Place project sees Eoin and a team of storytellers travelling all over the island of Ireland on a tour that began in autumn 2014 and will run until spring 2016. From Hook Head lighthouse in Wexford to a steam train through Fingal in Dublin, to Donegal’s islands and a stunning church in Belfast, this initiative aims to give young people memorable and extraordinary storytelling experiences in magical or inspiring places, and to bring stories to schools and communities that would not otherwise be visited by writers or storytellers for reasons of resources or location. Eoin Colfer is Ireland’s third laureate na nÓg, following author Siobhán Parkinson and illustrator Niamh Sharkey.

Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council / an Chomhairle Ealaíon, which established the honour in 2010 to celebrate excellence in Irish children’s writers and illustrators and to raise the profile of children’s literature in Ireland and internationally. It is administered by Children’s Books Ireland with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Poetry Ireland and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

About Once upon a Place
In tandem with the Once upon a Place storytelling project Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer has compiled a new anthology of stories and poems for children that focuses on the special link between story and place in Ireland. Lavish black-and-white charcoal illustrations by award-winning artist and picturebook illustrator P.J. Lynch make this unique anthology a very beautiful object. Once upon A Place features 6 new poems by Irish poets and 11 stories from Ireland’s leading children’s writers including Roddy Doyle, Derek Landy and Siobhán Parkinson, as well as the first ever story for children by Academy Award nominee, director Jim Sheridan. It also features new work by Eoin Colfer himself, along with Pat Boran, Seamus Cashman, John Connolly, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Mark Granier, Paula Leyden, Oisín McGann, Geraldine Mills, Jane Mitchell, Kate Newmann, Sarah Webb and Enda Wyley. Once upon a Place is aimed at 9–12 year olds. Any royalties from the book will go towards the Laureate na nÓg project. Once Upon a Place will be published by Little Island Books, available from 19th October 2015. ISBN: 9781910411377, HB, £11.99/€15.99, 224pp.

About Children’s Books Ireland (CBI)
CBI is the national children’s book organisation of Ireland. Our vision is an Ireland in which books are a part of every child’s life and where meaningful engagement with books is supported by passionate and informed adults in families, schools, libraries and communities all across the country. CBI’s core projects include the CBI Book of the Year Awards and Shadowing Scheme, Inis magazine, the Inis Reading Guide, an annual reading promotion campaign and annual conference. For more information see

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