Wonderfest, Ireland’s first fully digital children’s book festival, launches

Wonderfest, a digital Irish children’s book festival, is launching later this month, in association with Dublin’s Pavilion Theatre. The event will be Ireland’s first fully digital children’s book festival, and is being run by a team of children’s writers and illustrators, hand in hand with Irish publishers and bookshops, and supported by Children’s Books Ireland.

Sarah Webb, who is a spokesperson for the Wonderfest events team, said: “This year many of the major festivals were cancelled and both readers and writers miss them terribly. In September during a virtual coffee morning run by Children’s Books Ireland, 12 children’s writers and illustrators made a decision: we’d band together to create and run a completely digital family book festival – that way it would happen come what may. And from that spark of an idea Wonderfest grew. It’s been a real pleasure working with the festival team and we can’t wait to share our events with children and families in November!”

The festival will take place from 20th to 22nd November, featuring 28 events with over 60 artists – Sarah Webb and Chris Judge are among the all-star line-up. The festival highlights include “draw-along” sessions with Judge, Sheena Dempsey and Nicola Colton, a Q&A with Skulduggery Pleasant author Derek Landy and live webinars with editors and agents, aimed at budding children’s writers and illustrators. The festival will also feature dual language events in Gaelic and English.

All events will be streamed live, with some pre-recorded elements, giving children the opportunity to interact with writers and illustrators, and  to engage with new Irish children’s books published during 2020.

Find out more about the festival and view the full programme here.