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Join us at the Sligo Children’s Book Festival 2016

Kids’ Own is delighted to partner with The Model and the Hawk’s Well Theatre to host the fourth Sligo Children’s Book Festival, celebrating family literacy and creativity of parents and young children. The action-packed festival will run from 3rd-6th March 2016 and features the return of the Kids’ Own Book Factory to inspire children and parents alike! The launch of the fourth Children’s Book Festival will take place
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Virtually There: Exploding imaginations and other adventures in Strandtown

Before Christmas, Virtually There Curator Ann Donnelly visited Strandtown PS to find out what the pupils of this Belfast school are doing for this phase of the Virtually There online residency project.  Pre visit, I am very excited to get into the classroom and see how the project is working in this setting. It has been a long time since I had the privilege of seeing things from the perspective of the children and cl
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New features on the Arts in Education Portal

The Arts in Education Portal, the key national digital resource of arts in education practice in Ireland, was launched in May 2015. The Portal is an initiative of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Education and Skills. Kids’ Own – in consultation with an editorial committee – led the development of content for the Portal and are currently content managers. Development has been o
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Kindness: New book project with pre-school children

Kids’ Own is currently working with six childcare settings in Waterford, Kilkenny and Carlow to create a new book with pre-school children, exploring the gift of kindness. Artist Naomi Draper and writer Mary Branley have been leading the creative sessions. The Kindness Project is funded by the ESB Energy for Generations Fund and is delivered in partnership with Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford Childcare Committees. Pro
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Virtually There: New Partners

New partners by Ann Donnelly, Virtually There Project Curator “The crux of successful work is a strong partnership between artist and teacher.” -Orla Kenny, Director of Kids’ Own at VT Artist and Teacher day, Ulster Museum Acknowledging this crucial partnership at the heart of the online work, Kids’ Own has looked for ways to support and sustain that relationship, starting at the beginning 
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Reflections on The Book Press at The Dock by writer Mary Branley

After a 10-week whirlwind of bookmaking activity, children taking part in the Kids’ Own Book Press at The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, unveiled the books they created at a special showcase event in December 2015. Writer Mary Branley reflects on this unique after-school programme:   The Book Press in The Dock came to a cracking end with all our writers and illustrators finishing their books with not a m
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“Grandad built our house” – NEW building safety book by children from across Ireland

Grandad built our house is a new building safety book filled with poignant advice and cautionary tales from children all over Ireland. Created in partnership with the Health and Safety Authority, Kids’ Own, Kilkenny Education Centre and the Association of Teachers’ Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI), the book launched on 1 December 2015 by Minister for Business and Employment, Gerald Nash T.D. Grandad built o
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Virtually There: Introducing project curator Ann Donnelly

For the past eight years, Kids’ Own has been nurturing a new form of engagement between artists and school children through the Virtually There project. As Virtually There continues into a new phase, with renewed funded through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Lottery Fund, we are delighted to introduce project curator Ann Donnelly who reflects on the project and her plans for the coming year.  Ann Donnelly: Si
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Kids’ Own Book Press at The Dock

The Kids’ Own Book Press at The Dock kicked off in September: a 10-week whirlwind of sketching, plotting, character developing, writing, typing, editing, printing and finally … stitching and binding! The Book Press is part of The Dock’s Art Studio, an afterschool programme running parallel to the school term over 10 consecutive Tuesdays. The children taking part are creating their very own limited edition
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