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Published on November 27th, 2010 | by Niamh

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Story Spark – one for the kids

Story Spark is running in The Ark, a cultural centre for children, in Temple Bar, Dublin in from today and through December. It promises a season of tales, literature and imagination for kids and in fact will be made up of readings, workshops and story labs with various well known writers, illustrators and story tellers.


Niamh Sharkey and Sarah Webb at the launch of Story Spark. Photo courtesy of Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland.


I was at the launch of Story Spark last Monday evening in The Ark and everything was already set up, the place looked marvellous. On the first floor they have set aside an area of tables and chairs with coloured pens and paper and ideas for stories…what if the big bad wolf in Red Riding Hood was a vegetarian? There is a an area for listening to stories with headsets and pre-recorded stories for kids and adults alike. When finished writing their stories, there is an area where kids can record themselves reading their stories – at the end of this project, stories will be added to the Dublin City Archive and kept forever more.

Unfortunately the school groups element of Story Spark is already booked up, however there are still lots of things you could bring your kids too. The Reading Room, for example starts today at 2 p.m. with an hour long reading from Derek Landy, author of the wonderful Skulduggery Pleasant series and a 4 p.m. reading from Anthony McGowan, author of a series for kids impressively named The Bare Bum Gang. Today’s readings are suitable for ages 8-12 and will centre on Heroes and Villains (and some folk in between!). The Reading Room itself is pretty impressive and very conducive to sitting and listening:

You can find out about the rest of the readings taking place every Saturday from now until 19th December on The Ark website here. You can also book a place in the fun Story Labs for any budding young writers or story tellers here 😉

Story Spark has been organised by The Ark as well as Children’s Books Ireland…I wish that there had been an Ark or a CBI when I was young and mad about books!! It looks like a great event for any kids with fervent imaginations, a love for books, drawing or listening to stories.

On a small side note…how fantastic are the roundy bookshelves?! LOVE them!

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