Compiled by Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer

Published by Little Island Books, available from 15th October 2015 ISBN: 9781910411377, HB, £11.99/€14.99, 224pp.

Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer

author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series, is compiling a new anthology of stories and poems for children that focuses on the special link between story and place in Ireland. Lavish blackand-white charcoal illustrations by award-winning artist and picturebook illustrator P.J. Lynch will make this unique anthology a very beautiful object. 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, Derek Landy and former Laureate na nÓg Siobhán Parkinson, as well as the first ever story for children by Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan, director of My Left Foot, The Field and In America. It will also feature 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. It will be published by Little Island in October 2015, aimed at 9–12 year olds. In tandem with the production of the Once upon a Place anthology, Eoin Colfer’s Laureate term is also seeing Colfer and a team of storytellers travelling all over the island of Ireland with 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. The anthology enhances this project by bringing stories of Irish places to children all over the country and further afield. ‘This is my laureate project with a general aim of connecting today’s screen-centric youngsters to the magic of the country they live in and its rich artistic heritage,’ says Eoin Colfer. Any royalties from the book will go towards the Laureate na nÓg project, which aims to raise the profile of children’s literature in Ireland and internationally and to introduce high quality children’s books to new audiences. 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 supported by Children’s Books Ireland, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Poetry Ireland and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. For further information, contact Elaina Ryan, Director, Children’s Books Ireland at 01 872 7475

Children’s Books Ireland Conference 2015

Children’s Books Ireland presents Conceal and Reveal:

Truth and Lies in Children’s Books Children’s Books Ireland Conference 2015 Saturday 12th–Sunday 13th September, Light House Cinema, Smithfield Having established itself as the most significant event for adults interested in children’s books in the country, the 25th Children’s Books Ireland annual conference once again promises a packed two-day programme of discussion and debate. This weekend-long celebration of the very best in children’s books at home and internationally sees a whole array of speakers invited to discuss the numerous and innovative ways in which books and reading can be part of young people’s lives. This year’s line-up showcases both famous names and new talents, featuring authors and illustrators from Ireland, the UK, France and the USA. ‘Conceal and Reveal: Truth and Lies in Children’s Books’ invites speakers to address the balance at the heart of books for children and young adults: when should we tell the unvarnished truth and when are we justified in telling a little white lie? Conference lineup: Mac Barnett Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of over 18 books for children, including two Caldecott-Honor-winning collaborations with past CBI conference speaker Jon Klassen (Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn). Mac is a member of the advisory board for 826 Valencia, a creative writing centre for children and young people in San Francisco, networked with Dublin’s own Fighting Words. In Mac’s own words ‘My job is that I lie to children, but they’re honest lies’. Mixing it Up – Young Adult Panel With readers demanding more stories about diverse characters, young adult fiction has an important representative role to play. The Bookseller YA Book Prize winner Louise O’Neill (Only Ever Yours) and nominees James Dawson (Say Her Name) and Kim Hood (Finding a Voice) discuss the power of YA fiction in revealing many and diverse truths. Dr Pádraic Whyte of Trinity College Dublin will be the chairperson for this session. New Voices We welcome new voices to the CBI conference stage with authors Kieran Fanning, E.R. Murray, Nigel Quinlan, Maureen White, Nicola Colton, Geraldine Mills and more to be announced. Each author is invited to read from their work for 5 minutes only! Dedicated to Cracking Reading: Barrington Stoke Far more than just a publisher for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers, Barrington Stoke has proven itself an innovative company, working with the best authors and illustrators in the business. Managing Director Mairi Kidd joins us to talk about the art of concealing simple language while revealing an exciting imaginative world. William Grill Kate Greenaway medal winner for 2015 with his title Shackleton’s Journey, William Grill’s picturebook painstakingly recreates every detail of the explorer’s Antarctic voyage. He joins us to talk about the process of creating the book and representing a famous historical event in a truthful way. Breaking Through with Poetry Poetry as a form allows the writer to reveal truths while concealing the true disruptive power of their words. Spoken word poets Steven Camden AKA Polarbear and Aisling Fahey, the Young Poet Laureate for London, explore poetry and its relevance in the lives of young people. Producing Picturebooks How is a picturebook really made? What kind of decisions and sacrifices must be made to produce a beautiful, honest book that appeals to parents and young readers? Walker Books Picturebook Publisher Deirdre McDermott and picturebook creator Yasmeen Ismail discuss the creative process from their different perspectives. Annabel Pitcher Annabel Pitcher, author of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, Ketchup Clouds and Silence is Goldfish writes about opening up, revealing flaws and relieving guilt. She joins us to talk about the ‘dark truth’ inside us all, and accessing it via fiction. The Unvarnished Truth? Non-fiction Books for Children Non-fiction is experiencing a renaissance with engaging illustrations and innovative design setting the tone. Authors Jim Pipe and Nicola Davies and Publisher Rachel Williams of Wide Eyed Books and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books discuss creating children’s books without recourse to fiction. What are the challenges and rewards in recreating fact on the blank page? This session is chaired by Juliette Saumande, Reviews Editor of CBI’s Inis magazine. Barroux Renowned picturebook maker Barroux uses linocut, collage with antique paper and lead pencil to create a distinctive, open style, which reveals the truth of his words. Barroux says he believes that ‘life in books is more extraordinary, where dogs can fly and trees are blue’. This session is presented in association with iBbY. Children’s Books Ireland is the national children’s book organisation of Ireland. At Children’s Books Ireland our vision is an Ireland in which books are a part of every children’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. For further information, or to arrange an interview with available speakers, please contact: Aoife Murray, Programme and Events Manager 17 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1 Tel. 01 8727475 Email:

CBI Book of the Year Awards 2015, the most prestigious awards for children’s books in Ireland.

For Release 11am Wednesday 11th March 2015

Ten titles will compete for the 25th CBI Book of the Year Awards 2015, the most prestigious awards for children’s books in Ireland. The shortlist for the 25th CBI Book of the Year Awards was revealed today, Wednesday 11th March 2015. Each of the ten titles will compete for the high calibre awards, which includes the innovative Children’s Choice Award, voted for by young readers across the country. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on 19th May at Dublin’s Light House Cinema. The shortlisted titles are: When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald Daideo by Áine Ní Ghlinn Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill Haiku Más é do thoil é! by Gabriel Rosenstock illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald Primperfect by Deirdre Sullivan Beyond the Stars compiled by Sarah Webb Founded in 1990, The CBI Book of the Year Awards are the leading children’s book awards in Ireland. They are a celebration of excellence in children’s literature and illustration and are open to books for all ages written in English or Irish by authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland and published between 1st January and 31st December each year. Previous winners include John Boyne for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas; Sheena Wilkinson for Grounded, Marie Louise Fitzpatrick for There and Hagwitch and Kate Thompson for The New Policeman, Annan Water and The Alchemist’s Apprentice. Ciara Ní Bhroin, chair of the judging panel that read almost 70 titles, said: “The ten shortlisted titles showcase the range of excellent books being created by Irish authors and illustrators. From incredibly vibrant and engaging picturebooks to hard-hitting, thought-provoking novels for teenagers and young adults, this shortlist offers every child a rich and satisfying reading experience. With both the English and Irish language showcased, myself and the CBI Book of the Year Awards judges were enthused to encounter so many books dealing with a range of diverse experiences.” Children’s Books Ireland (CBI), which administers the awards, will again be working closely with reading groups from schools, libraries and bookshops across Ireland. These young readers will choose the winner of the Children’s Choice Award. Five other awards will be made in May also – The Book of the Year Award, Honour Awards for Fiction and Illustration, the Eilís Dillon award for a first children’s book and the Judges’ Special Award. Elaina Ryan, Director at CBI said: “Making books a part of every children’s life is key to what we do at Children’s Books Ireland. With the ten books on this year’s shortlist, CBI is honoured to be able to highlight the very best that Irish authors, illustrators and publishers have to offer, truly world-class books. We know that this shortlist will encourage children and young people around the country to engage with books they will love to read.” This year’s shortlist contains one title from a former CBI Book of the Year Award winner, Chris Haughton whose A Bit Lost took the overall prize in 2011. Three authors are new to the CBI Book of the Year Awards shortlist: Sarah Louise O’Neill for Only Ever Yours,sarah Moore Fitzgerald for The Apple Tart of Hope and Brian Conaghan for When Mr. Dog Bites.