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Little Island's US Author Tour

Little Island's US author tour is made possible by generous funding from Culture Ireland.

Culture Ireland

Little Island visit Boston Bookstores
Authors Patricia Forde, Deirdre Sullivan, Sam Thompson and Publisher Matthew Parkinson-Bennett visit Boston bookstores, including Belmont Books and Porter Square Books.

WhenMonday 25th September

Where: Belmont Books, 79 Leonard St, Belmont, MA 02478, and Porter Square Books,  50 Liberty Drive, Boston, MA 02210, United States

Up Close & Personal On Irish Children's Writing Of Today
Meet Irish authors who believe that “books create waves” and have the power to make a sea-change in young minds.


Authors Patricia Forde, Deirdre Sullivan, and Sam Thompson, along with Publisher Matthew-Parkinson Bennett, will talk all things Irish children's books over delicious Irish scones.

When: Monday 25th September, 12.30pm

The Irish Cultural Centre,  MacPhaidin Library - Stonehill College 
320 Washington Street Easton, MA 02357 United States

Price: FREE

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Deirdre Sullivan address Harvard class on Adaptation: The Art of Retelling

In this very special private event for Professor Wilson's class, Deirdre Sullivan will talk about her retelling of beloved Irish fairytale The Children of Lir, Savage Her Reply.

When: Monday September 25th, 3pm

Where: Harvard University


Framingham State: Arts and Idea Series: A conversation with Patricia Forde, Sam Thompson, Siobhán Parkinson and Matthew Parkinson Bennett

When: Monday September 25th, 4.30pm

Where: Framingham State University


Publisher Visit: Little Island Books meet with Charlesbridge Publishing

Tuesday September 26th, 10am

Where: Charlesbridge Publishing


What: Patricia Forde, Deirdre Sullivan and Sam Thompson visit Harvard Bookstore

When: Tuesday September 26th, morning

Where: Harvard Bookstore

Publishing and writing as career paths
Little Island authors Patricia Forde, Deirdre Sullivan, and Sam Thompson, and Publisher Matthew Parkinson-Bennett, give a talk on literary careers to Harvard students

Tuesday September 26th, 12.30pm

Where: Harvard University


A special evening of readings and networking at the Boston Irish Consulate
Join Little Island authors Patricia Forde, Deirdre Sullivan, and Sam Thompson, Little Island Publisher Matthew Parkinson-Bennett, and Editor Siobhán Parkinson

Tuesday September 26th, 6pm

Where: The Irish Consulate in Boston

Consulate General of Ireland Boston

Writing Speculative Fiction for Children Master Class with Laureate na nÓg, Ireland's Children's Literature Laureate, Patricia Forde

Join author Patricia Forde as she shares insight from writing her latest book, The Girl who Fell to Earth, and provides tips on how to write your own piece of speculative fiction/dystopian fiction. 

The workshop will consider the challenges of worldbuilding, the capacity of dystopian fiction to frighten and warn, and how history can play a part in writing about the future. 

Trish can address any part of the process, from setting up the rules of an imagined society to blending fantasy and reality to exploring real issues through a fictional lens. 

When: Wednesday 27th September, 7pm

Where: Irish Arts Centre,726 11th Avenue in NYC, between 51st and 52nd Streets

Price: $56 general / $46 members (inclusive of $6 service fee)

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Sam Thompson on KidLitTv
The award-winning author of Wolfstongue and The Fox's Tower will be appearing on KidLitTv to discuss the Wolfstongue Saga.

When: Thursday 28th September,10.30am


Between the Lines: Little Island Books
3 Award-winning authors in conversation children's and YA Literature 

New York Irish Center presents a very special evening of celebration around US-launch of three new Irish children’s books: The Fox’s Tower by Sam Thompson, The Girl who Fell to Earth by Patricia Forde, and Savage Her Reply by Deirdre Sullivan. Join us for a beautiful night of readings and discussion of Irish children’s publishing.

When: Thursday 28th September, 7pm

New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Ave Long Island City, NY 11101

Price: $5

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Public readings and Q&A
Join authors Patricia Forde, Deirdre Sullivan and Sam Thompson as they read from their latest Little Island Books, The Girl who Fell to Earth, Savage her Reply, and The Fox's Tower.

Friday 29th September, 3pm

Rutgers Barnes & Noble


Step aboard the Rac-on-Tour with Little Island
Join authors Patricia Forde, Deirdre Sullivan, and Sam Thompson, and our Publisher Matthew Parkinson-Bennett, on the Rac-on-Tour! What is the Rac-on-Tour, you ask? It's a book mobile, book caravan and art installation. It's the Magic Schoolbus meets Howl's Moving Castle. It's a quirky and charming creative space where you will be treated to readings from the authors' latest Little Island Books, and a stirring chat about Irish children's book publishing.

When: Friday 29th September, 7pm

Where: Highland Park Farmer's Market lot at 212 Raritan Avenue in Highland Park, New Jersey

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