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“A Strong Heart”: Our brand new book launches this week!

Kids’ Own and a group of County Mayo children will launch “A Strong Heart: A book of stories and dreams for the future by Syrian and Palestinian children living in County Mayo”, during World Refugee Week. This Thursday, 21st June at 4:30pm, Kids’ Own is excited to host Syrian and Palestinian families and other community members at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar to celebrate the launch of a brand n
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New bookmaking project with Syrian children in County Mayo

Writer Mary Branley and artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward are working with 16 children from the Syrian community in County Mayo to develop a brand new book about their dreams and visions for the future. Kids’ Own are delighted to be working in partnership with Southwest Mayo Development Company on this project, which is also generously supported by the St Stephen’s Green Trust. The project got underway earlier this A
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Bringing the Kids’ Own archive to life!

Kids’ Own is delighted to be working with artist-curator Louisa Sloan on the development of a digital archive spanning 20 years of book-making and residency projects across Ireland and Northern Ireland. This is a fantastic opportunity to give visibility to an extensive body of artwork and writing developed with and by children, alongside professional artists. This is the first phase in a two-phase process that will c
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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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Building Safety: A new book project with the HSA

Workshops began in June on our new ‘Building Safety’ book project with the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland (HSA) and the Association of Teachers’ Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI). Primary school children from across Ireland took part in a competition about life and safety in the construction industry, submitting creative writing, drawings, paintings and photographs. Kids’ Own is lea
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I Can Taste the Rain: New book by Irish children encourages us to think smarter about our travel choices

I Can Taste the Rain is a new book by children aged 3-11 from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, exploring our travel choices and how we might get around more sustainably. An initiative of Go Dungarvan’s Smarter Travel campaign and Waterford Childcare Committee, I Can Taste the Rain looks at how children experience the outdoors and shows that there is an appetite by the youngest in society to choose more sustainable transport
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“Yeats Among Schoolchildren”: new book by primary school children as part of Yeats2015

The Magic Within, a new book by primary school children inspired by the poetry of W.B. Yeats, launched on June 12th, the day before Yeats’ birthday, at Clarion Hotel, Sligo. This publication is part of Yeats2015, a yearlong programme of arts and cultural events and one of Ireland’s official decade of commemorations events. The project was commissioned by Yeats2015 in partnership with Sligo Education Centre. The
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Sligo Children’s Book Festival – 2015 programme

Kids’ Own is delighted to partner with The Model and the Hawk’s Well Theatre to host the third Sligo Children’s Book Festival, celebrating family literacy and creativity of parents and young children. The action-packed festival will run from 5-8 March 2015 and feature storytelling, theatre, shadow puppetry, poetry play, lego workshops, music, a show all about books and the return of the Kids’Own Book Factory to
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Join us for some book-making fun at the Sligo Children’s Book Festival

As part of Sligo Children’s Book Festival, Kids’ Own invites families and school groups to take part in another whirlwind of bookmaking at The Book Factory in The Model, from the 5-8 March. Get inspired and create your very own book with artist Naomi Draper in our custom-designed Book Factory. Take off your shoes, roll up your sleeves, and get stuck in! Booking is essential. Contact Kids’ Own: info@kidsown.ie or ph. 
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