Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer’s national storytelling tour, Once upon A Place, is visiting Donegal for a three-day tour of the mainland and islands, from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th September. Eoin 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 of Arranmore and Tory, 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.
Once upon A Place is supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Éalaíon. 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