This year, I had the immense pleasure to attend to the Baboró Festival in Galway. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Baboró is Ireland’s flagship arts festival dedicated exclusively to children and families.

The Baboró Festival runs for a full week and it aims to offer the most diverse selection of art expressions, locally and internationally. It is a fun-packed cultural event!

Scoil na Maigdine Muire gan Smaí , Camus

This year I was kindly invited to be part of it, firstly, with in a session for the grown-ups, as part of a panel discussion with the amazing Laureate na nÓg Pj Lynch and the very talented Shona Shirley MacDonald and the famous Mr. Alan Clarke. It was a most humbling experience to be discussing our career paths as well as creation processes.

Then I got to work with the little ones, and IT WAS THE MOST FUN!

Scoil na Maigdine Muire gan Smaí , Camus

Máire Zepf and I led two workshops at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway for two super enthusiastic school groups.

Scoil na Maigdine Muire gan Smaí , Camus

We’ve read our beloved book Gabh ar Scoil! to them; we showed them a little bit about how the book was created from words to pictures, and to the final book, and we ended our workshop with a fun guessing game!

Scoil na Maigdine Muire gan Smaí , Camus

Scoil na Maigdine Muire gan Smaí , Camus

The game consists of turning our little spectators into the book protagonist – Cóilín – and then…

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…one at the time had to take one item from a big bag (which had lots of items from the book!) and guess where in the story they fit…Obviously, there was some drawing/hinting going on!

Scoil na Maigdine Muire gan Smaí , Camus

At the end, the children had amazing ideas for an improv drawing and that’s how Bobby the Santasaurus came to life!

Scoil na Maigdine Muire gan Smaí , Camus

Scoil na Maigdine Muire gan Smaí , Camus

Thank you Aislinn O’hEocha, Baboró’s Executive Artistic Director, for the opportunity to be there!

If you’d like to have me over to your school or library for a workshop, leave a comment below or please get in touch through hello@tarsilakruse.com

All photographs by the talented visual storyteller Anita Murphy