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Cúirt Labs

 Saturday, 13 April 2019 09:30

Tuesday 9 - Saturday 13 April


Aga Grandowicz and Patricia Forde

Cúirt Labs for 1st - 3rd classes

TUESDAY 9 APRIL  |  Galway Arts Centre  |  9.30am - 11.25am  |  SOLD OUT

As a child, Aga Grandowicz always wanted to be a vet or an ichthyologist (a scientist who studies fish), but changed her plans and became an award-winning art director and graphic designer instead. She’s the owner of a boutique graphic design agency in Dublin (agrand. ie). Aga will be holding a workshop inspired by her first book, Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals.

Pupils will also participate in a fast moving and fun writing workshop with Patricia Forde, an award-winning author of books in English and in Irish for children. Her latest book The Private Diary of Bumpfizzle the Best is the Dublin Unesco City of Literature children’s choice for 2019.

€5 per child. For bookings please visit https://www.cuirt.ie/cuirt-labs-2019-4-days-across-multiple-ages/ Please bring lunch! 


ER Murray, Melatu Uche Okorie, Padraig Kenny and Paula Leyden

Cúirt Labs for 4th - 6th classes

WEDNESDAY 10th April  |  Galway Arts Centre  |  9.30am - 1.45pm  |  SOLD OUT

Join Cúirt Labs for four very different workshops with four amazing writers. This jam-packed day includes workshops with some of Ireland’s leading writers.

Elizabeth Rose Murray will facilitate a workshop inspired by the gripping Nine Lives trilogy, which includes The Book of Learning, The Book of Shadows and The Book of Revenge. Elizabeth has also written a separate contemporary novel, Caramel Hearts.

Melatu-Uche Okorie was born in Enugu, Nigeria and has been living in Ireland for twelve years. Her debut collection, This Hostel Life, was published in May, 2018. Melatu will lead a workshop based on This Hostel Life, her critically acclaimed book based on her own observations and experiences.

Pádraig Kenny, a creator of a world full of robotics and governed by the laws of mechanics, will work with pupils to develop their writing skills. Pádraig’s debut novel Tin was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards and his second novel Pog will be published in April 2019.

Paula Leyden started writing for children when she moved to Ireland from Africa. She is the author of the award-winning The Butterfly Heart and The Sleeping Baobab Tree, both set in Zambia. Her most recent novel, Keepsake, is about the connection between a boy and his horse.

€5 per child. For bookings please visit https://www.cuirt.ie/cuirt-labs-2019-4-days-across-multiple-ages/ Please bring lunch!


Áine Ní Ghlinn

Cúirt Labs for Post-Primary Junior Cycle

FRIDAY 12th April  |  Nuns Island Theatre  |  10am - 11pm (Bilingual)
11.30am - 12.30pm (As gaeilge, this event is in Irish only, ideal for students of gael choláiste)

This new addition to Cuirt labs is ideal for post primary students in 1st-3rd year. This is a great opportunity for young people to engage in contemporary Irish poetry and fiction and in turn create their own work.

Áine Ní Ghlinn is a poet, children’s writer, workshop facilitator and part-time lecturer. She has written 31 books to date and has won a range of awards for both poetry and fiction. Her most recent books are Fadó Riamh – Ag an Tús (2018) - a collection of creation mythology from around the world - and a children’s novel Boscadán (2019).

File, léirmheastóir, scríbhneoir do pháistí agus léachtóir páirtaimseartha í Áine Ní Ghlinn. Tá 31 leabhar foilsithe aici agus go leor duaiseanna buaite aici Is iad na leabhair is déanaí dá cuid ná Fadó Riamh – Ag an Tús (2018) agus Boscadán (2019).

€5 per teenager, teachers free. For bookings please visit https://www.cuirt.ie/cuirt-labs-2019-4-days-across-multiple-ages/ 


Dave Rudden, Maria Karapish & Mot Collins, Mary Watson, Red Bird Youth Collective and Cúirt Young New Writer of the Year

Cúirt Labs for 12 - 17 year olds

SATURDAY 13th April  |  Galway Arts Centre  |  11am - 5.30pm

A full day of workshops, readings, talks and a film screening for 12-17 year olds, ideal for young people with a passion for literature or art.

The day will begin with a reading and workshop from Mary Watson, writer of The Wren Hunt, described by the Guardian as “a magical YA debut… two factions battle for survival in this complex and slippery tale of ancient spells cast in contemporary Ireland”.

Dave Rudden, author of the award-winning Knights of the Borrowed Dark trilogy as well as the Doctor Who anthology Twelve Angels Weeping, will follow with a speculative fiction workshop based on Twelve Angels Weeping.

After lunch Red Bird Youth Collective will be screening their film Let Go and holding a discussion based on the themes of inclusion and bullying that arise in the film. This will be followed by a reading from the Cúirt Young New Writer of the Year.

Finally, join local illustrators and zinestresses Mot Collins and Maria Karapish for a workshop focusing on the history, culture and creation of the zine.

€15 including lunch. For bookings please visit https://www.cuirt.ie/cuirt-labs-2019-4-days-across-multiple-ages/ 


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