I visited the lovely library in Castlecomer, Kilkenny, as part of the Bookville Festival, for a fun character-drawing workshop!

My first visit to the festival was at the Loughboy Library with Children’s Fellow and author Myra Zepf. We were there to share how we made our book Ná Gabh ar Scoil!

The incredible librarian Mary Morrissey, who introduced me to the children, provided the warmest of welcomes and spread the word about my visit through and through! (She even texted the parents so they wouldn’t forget to bring their children in!). THANK YOU!

I told the children a little about me and what I did and then we dived into some drawing – but first, we had a quick warm up!

We explored how characters can be created from any shape or form and that just by changing a few details they can become very different.

I also facilitated a drawing game called “Exquisite Corpse” in which each person draws a different body part of a character. The children were incredible and the results very funny!

At the very end, we created, together, a character that was a mix of a Lion, a Tiger and a Snake that lived in a desert of chocolate. YUM!

I had a wonderful time in Castlecomer and I hope all children and parents had a fantastic Sunday morning too!