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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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Get involved! HSA Multimedia Farm Safety Competition for post-primary school students

Deadline extended to 18th December…  Are you a post-primary school student in Ireland? Would you like to create a game or an animation, develop an app or a social media campaign with a focus on Farm Safety? The Health and Safety Authority has launched this exciting competition as part of their wider awareness raising campaign involving young people as a positive influence to effect change in safety behaviour am
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Join us for The Story House – an event for Culture Night early birds in Sligo

Kids’ Own brings you The Story House for children and families, a special drop-in event for Culture Night early birds on Friday 18th September. Join us at the OSD Building, 31 Stephen Street, Sligo, where we will be inviting children and families to build and share stories through creative activity alongside professional artists Naomi Draper, Vanya Lambrecht Ward, Orla Kenny and Jo Holmwood. Booking is not required,
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Kindness Project

The Kindness Project

“Kate and Caoimhe went back to their boxes to see if the kindness was still there…” Fiona, Tigh Sugragh Childcare Setting, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Kids’ Own is working on an exciting new project with six childcare settings in Waterford, Kilkenny and Carlow to create a new book with pre-school children about giving the gift of kindness. Working with writer Mary Branley and artist Naomi Draper, the
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Bouncing Away: Children’s mental health book launching this October

Bouncing Away is a new children’s mental health book exploring the ups and downs of life and how to deal with them from the child’s perspective. The book, produced in partnership with the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and the Psychology Service (PCCC) in Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan, will be launched in Sligo this October. Led by artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward and writer Lisa Vandegrift Da
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Create your own limited edition book! Kids’ Own Book Press at The Dock begins this September

The Kids’ Own Book Press is the perfect place to create your very own limited edition book. The Book Press is part of The Dock’s Art Studio this autumn, an after school programme which will run parallel to the school term over 10 consecutive Tuesdays from late September to early December. Starting on September 22nd, The Book Press will take place in The Dock’s galleries and workshop in Carrick-on-Sh
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Write Here: An online exploratory writing course for 11 year olds starts September 12th

Are you eleven years old and curious about writing? Want to find out more about putting words on the page? The Write Here pilot programme offers a unique opportunity for children to develop their creative expression as writers through an exploratory process, within a small working group led by writer Jo Holmwood. Over a period of 6 weeks, participants will be led through a very open process, investigating the power o
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