Children’s Bookworms Festival makes a return

Siobhan Parkinson

Siobhan Parkinson

Roscommon Arts Centre is gearing up for this year’s Bookworms Festival for children, with a busy programme of events planned for school and family audiences.

From Wednesday, June 6, to Friday, June 9, there will be three great daytime events, geared towards children aged three to 12 years.

As we are entering into World Cup fever at the same time as this year’s festival, the opening performance is a football themed one. 'Keeping Uppy' will follow the adventures of football mad Joey and his mum on their big day, the highpoint of the season: Joey’s cup final day!

Aimed at children aged five and older, this promises to ignite young imagination from kick-off to final whistle! Children are encourage to wear their club, county, Ireland jerseys or favourite football strips for this one, as the theatre is turned into the stands of a football field!

As this is a literary event, the arts centre is thrilled this year to be hosting children’s author, Siobhan Parkinson, on Thursday, June 7.

Siobhan was Ireland’s first Laureate na nÓg and has been writing for children for many years. She will be discussing her work and speaking about her latest book - Rocking the System - in sessions that are particularly designed for sixth class students.

During these informal sessions, students will also have the opportunity to discuss with Siobhan what authors they like and ask her about her life as a writer.

On Friday, the festival will turn its attention to younger audience members, with three performances throughout the day of Whatever the Weather, a new adventure for children aged three to five. A show about courage, trying new things and stepping outside, children can meet Worried Wendy and help her discover there is nothing to fear, whatever the weather!

Championing the writing of new work, the recipient of this year’s 'First Edition' commission, Julie Sharkey, invites audiences to preview her new work for young audiences - An Ant called Amy - on Saturday, June 9.

Artist Nollaig Molloy’s workshop, 'Things Tell Stories Too', will also show how clay and other construction materials can be used to tell and illustrate stories.

Bookworms Children’s Literary Festival is part of Roscommon County Council’s Arts Services Programme. For more information on festival events check out

Tickets for all events can be booked via the centre’s box office on (090 ) 6625824. Some events are already nearly sold out, so do not delay. Contact Roscommon Arts Centre today!


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