WonderFest is an online children’s book festival that aims to celebrate and promote Irish books. It was set up in 2020 and is run by a team of Irish children’s writers and illustrators. WonderFest 2021 will take place from 17th to 21st November with a range of events for schools, families and a new strand called ‘WonderFest Inspires’ which will feature webinars and masterclasses for new and emerging children’s writers.
Upcoming Events in June and November Festival Dates Announced
WONDERFEST at Criunniú na nÓg 2021
June 12th 2021 – in partnership with dlr Libraries
Look out for some great WonderFest events for all the family with dlr Libraries on 12th June to celebrate Cruinniúna nÓg.
All events are free and booking opens soon
June 24th 2021 – in partnership with Children’s Books Ireland
Is It Me You’re Looking For? How to Create a Cracking Children’s Book and Attract a Publisher or Agent.
WONDERFEST IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHILDREN’S BOOKS IRELAND
Thurs 24th June 6pm to 8.30pm
Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/properbook-2021-is-it-me-youre-looking-for-tickets-153513662497
There’s a huge interest in writing and illustrating for children at the moment. We’ve teamed up with Children’s Books Ireland for another ProperBook event for new and emerging children’s writers and illustrators. Speakers include experienced children’s writers and illustrators, agents and editors.
17th to 21st November – In association with Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
Celebrating Irish Children’s Books 2021
ONLINE CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL WITH THREE STRANDS:
WONDERFEST SCHOOLS, WONDERFEST FAMILIES AND NEW FOR 2021 – WONDERFEST INSPIRES
Around 24 events featuring more than 30 speakers
After the success of WonderFest in 2020 we are back! Celebrating Irish children’s books, WonderFest, in association with Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire is an online book festival taking place 17th to 21st November, boasting around 24 events with over 30 artists – a wealth of Irish talent. Full programme to be announced in October.
All events are LIVE (with some pre-recorded elements) – giving children all over Ireland (and the world!) the chance to interact with favourite writers and illustrators, and in particular to engage with new Irish children’s books published during 2021.
This innovative event was Ireland’s first fully digital children’s book festival, and is run by a crack team of children’s writers and illustrators, hand in hand with Irish publishers and Halfway Up the Stairs children’s bookshop, and with the support of Children’s Books Ireland and dlr Libraries. A true team effort!
WonderFest 2021 will kick off with three days of school events and workshops (up from one last year), plus a fun-filled Saturday for story-loving children aged 0-12 and their families, followed by a brand new masterclass and creativity day on Sunday.
In 2021 we are excited to introduce WONDERFEST INSPIRES, a new strand of masterclasses, talks and webinars for new children’s writers and illustrators, parents, teachers, librarians and all those interested in children’s books and children’s creativity.
We hope you will find an event to inspire you at WonderFest 2021!
Watch out for our programme announcement in October.
WonderFest is presented in association with Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire.
WonderFest is kindly supported by Children’s Books Ireland.