Towers and Tales is a children’s and YA literature event, and this year there’s a plethora of enticing events to tempt you to the West Waterford town of Lismore. The weekend long event will be held on Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th, with some of the programme found in the grounds of the stunning Lismore Castle. Even if you can’t make all of the events, a visit to the castle is a definite must.
Can’t decide what events to attend? Here’s a little taster of some of the highlights of the calendar.
Laureates in Conversation with Michael Morpugo and PJ Lynch, Pugin Hall Lismore Castle, Friday April 28th, 6.30pm
Unfortunately, the opening event is sold out, but what better way to start proceedings than a panel with former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo (author of such books as Private Peaceful and War Horse) and current Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch, who has collaborated with Ryan Tubridy to bring us a book based on John F Kennedy? If you’re one of the lucky chosen to have tickets, you’ve really got yourself in for a treat here.
Meet the Characters with Lauren Child, Pugin Hall Lismore Castle, Saturday April 29th, 11am
Meet Lauren Childs, the creator of characters such as Clarice Bean, Huber Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent (try saying that one quickly 10 times), as well as the beloved Charlie and Lola. Find out about her childhood inspirations, how designs her books, and how her best known characters came to be.
Poetry Slam Workshop with Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan, Lismore Castle Gallery, Saturday April 29th, 12pm
Following from their recent collaboration We Come Apart, Sarah and Brian will inspire the Wordsworth or Heaney in teenagers young and old. This workshop is perfect for everyone, from teens with a lifelong love of poetry to those who just want to brush up before their exams. When else will you get the chance to learn from two award winning authors like these?
Michael Morpurgo in Conversation, Lismore Heritage Centre, Saturday April 29th, 1pm
Michael Morpurgo is a former Children’s Laureate in the UK, and he’s put his name to over 140 children’s books so there’s bound to be something to excite every kind of reader. He’ll be taking the time today to discuss his 2014 children’s book, Listen to the Moon. This book was inspired by the Luisitania, an ocean liner that was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of east Cork in 1915. Since the wreck isn’t too far from Lismore, it’s the perfect place to discuss such a fantastic book.
Teddy Bear Monster Doodle, Lismore Castle Gardens, Saturday April 29th, 3pm
All you need for this fantastic event is your teddy and your imagination. This is bound to be one of the highlights of the programme’s doodle events, as you join illustrator Niamh Sharkey in drawing your and Teddy’s marvellous adventures with some quirky characters.
Patrick and the President with Ryan Tubridy and PJ Lynch, Pugin Hall Lismore Castle, Saturday April 29th, 3pm
Illustrator and Irish Children’s Laureate PJ Lynch has teamed with Ryan Tubridy to bring us Patrick and the President, a book telling the tale of JFK’s visit to his ancestral home in Wexford. It’s told through the eyes of a young boy named Patrick, who wants to know nothing more than what it’s like to shake the President’s hand. Lynch and Tubridy tell how the book was made, how it was researched and how illustrator PJ modelled his drawings. This family event is perfect for history buffs, and tickets will be released very soon so keep an eye on the Towers and Tales website.