Mary Branley
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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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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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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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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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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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Kids’ Own on the road again with Cinemobile

The Kids’ Own Book Factory at Cinemobile is back! This year writer Mary Branley and artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward are bringing free bookmaking workshops to primary school children in Tyrone, Antrim, Down, Armagh, Derry and Fermanagh. The first workshop took place in Strabane on 22nd April. During the workshops, children create their own 8-page fold book on this year’s theme of  ‘people and things that
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Play: a new book project on Traveller pride with Traveller children

This May, we worked with children and their parents from the Traveller community in Dungarvan, County Waterford, on a new book all about Traveller pride. Providing a snapshot of Travellers’ lives through the eyes of Traveller children, the project took shape through a series of creative play sessions. The book will be launched on 24 June 2014 during Travellers Pride Week.   Very young children and their pa
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The Book Factory at Cinemobile

The Book Factory is now on wheels! This February we started a new partnership project with Cinemobile, bringing free creative writing workshops to primary school groups across Northern Ireland. Our first series of workshops is taking place at Ebrington Square, Derry, from 10-14 February. Working alongside a professional artist and writer, the workshops focus on a creative process through which each child will create
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Library Travels to Frankfurt

Kids’ Own has been invited to present at the LitCam conference on ‘Literacy and Human Rights’ which will run prior to the Frankfurt Book Fair. Artist and Kids’ Own Director, Orla Kenny, and Writer Mary Branley, will talk to conference participants about Kids’ Own’s unique model of publishing with children and young people.
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Travelling Library drawing to close

Writer Mary Branley and Artist Vanya Ward have just come back from Enniskillen – the last stop on our cross-border tour – where they worked with children to create art work and stories for our brand new publication to be launched in October.
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