Claddagh National School, supported by Creative Ireland and in partnership with the local library service and local bookshops, proudly hosted a little festival for little people's books here in Galway from November 15th-18th 2017. 

This was our inaugural festival, and we were absolutely delighted that all our hard work and preparation paid off so well - children from all around Galway had a blast!

Visiting authors, illustrators and storytellers held children spellbound, both here in the school and at a number of venues around Galway. The festival also featured a hugely popular visit from the Book Doctor and a poetry slam for kids, amongst a range of other exciting and fun book-based activities and events. 

Many of the events were open to the public, and all were be ABSOLUTELY FREE.

Highlights of the 2017 festival

Ireland's First Poetry Flash Mob

"Words Are Ours", recited in Galway City Centre by children from Claddagh NS, the Jes and Scoil Bhríde in Shantalla.

Open Afternoon with CBI Book Doctor, Des Kenny of Kenny's Bookshops, Author/Illustrator Derek Mulveen and much more!


Picturebook author and illustrator Niamh Sharkey

Author Patricia Forde

Author Dave Rudden

Author Carina Ginty

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Author/Playwright Emma Heatherington and Musician Jim McKee

Author/Illustrator Derek Mulveen



The 2017 Programme