first_imgFEATURES: Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer’s national storytelling tour, Once Upon A Place, will be visiting Donegal for a three-day tour of the mainland and islands, from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th September. Eoin, author of the Artemis Fowl series for young readers, is bringing a group of storytellers for a series of performances throughout Northwest Donegal that will include a visit to the islands of Arranmore and Tory. Eoin is coming to Donegal at the invitation of a group of local artists and writers who proposed the county as a magical location suitable for Eoin’s Once Upon A Place storytelling tour.He will join Joe Brennan, Malachy Doyle, Patricia Forde, Alan Nolan and Marion Rose McFadden for events in Glenveagh and the islands, while storytellers will also visit schools in Buncrana and take part in workshops for the Ramelton Storytelling Festival.‘When we put out the call for proposals to be part of the Once Upon A Place programme in June of last year, we were delighted to receive no less than three from Donegal, which has such a strong tradition in children’s literature,’ said Eoin Colfer.‘So we decided to bring all the strands together in a Donegal programme that stretches the length and breadth of this beautiful county.’ Eoin and the team will be taking part in a special event at Glenveagh on the evening of 24th September to mark the launch of this year’s Wainfest, Donegal Libraries’ children’s books festival.‘Donegal County Library Service is delighted to be welcoming Eoin and the team to Donegal for this special evening in a magnificent setting,’ said Karen Sheehy of Donegal County Libraries.‘Wainfest is an important festival in our annual calendar that gives children all over the county the opportunity to engage with the arts on a meaningful level and we are thrilled to have Laureate na nÓg launch our 2015 programme.’On the 25th, Eoin and the team will take a boat to Arranmore and Tory islands, where they will meet local children and take part in storytelling sessions.On the same day, author-illustrator Alan Nolan will travel to Buncrana to run a day of workshops at St. Oran’s National School.Local storyteller Joe Brennan has also been working with students from St. Oran’s throughout the month of September. Then, on the 26th September, Alan Nolan and Patricia Forde will join Joe Brennan to take part in storytelling sessions in Ramelton in conjunction with the Ramelton Storytelling Festival.Eoin became Ireland’s third Laureate na nÓg in May 2014, and has spent the past 15 months fulfilling the dual aims of creating memorable storytelling experiences in extraordinary places and visiting communities that would not otherwise have access to stories, due to being in remote locations or having limited resources.To date, Eoin and a team of storytellers have told stories to children on a steam train, in a lighthouse and a haunted mansion, at a halting site and in a dozen schools in the Burren, County Clare.Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council, administered by Children’s Books Ireland and with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Poetry Ireland and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Further sponsorship of the Donegal leg of Once Upon A Place has been forthcoming from Donegal Arts Office, Donegal County Libraries, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the North-South Cooperation Section of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Education Northern Ireland.Further information: Nessa O’Mahony, Project Manager, Laureate na nÓg: Tel: 087 9309670 / E: [email protected]  http://www.childrenslaureate.ieRENOWNED CHILDREN’S AUTHOR EOIN COLFER SET TO TOUR DONEGAL was last modified: September 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Featuresnewslast_img read more