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Monster day out as writers share their favourite things

A literary day out, filled with stories of newts and frogs, crocodiles and elephants awaits children and parents next Saturday.

The Monster March Book Bash takes place in Dun Laoghaire's County Hall to celebrate World Book Day. This family book day out hosts a series of talks and workshops led by best-selling children's authors and illustrators.

To start the event a Monster Draw-Along will be hosted by well-known artist Don Conroy at 10am. Conroy's seminar will teach children how to draw some fascinating animals as he guides them along with each stroke and marking. From land-based creatures to deep sea monsters, Garrett Carr author of Deep Deep Down will take over the helm at 10.30am as he reveals some of the most unbelievable creatures that inhabit the deepest oceans.

After a short break for refreshments the Ideas Shop will open up at 11.30am to allow children to access the inspiration of top children's authors Judi Curtin and Oisin McGann. This 45-minute workshop will see the authors open up about where they get their ideas from as well as a special young writers' question and answer session. It is recommended all attendees bring along their own story ideas for discussion too.

From 12.15pm all authors will assemble to discuss a few of their Favourite Things. Sarah Webb, author of the 'Ask Amy Green' series will join this panel. Their items could range from a toy to a book, a video game to a hat. The idea is that anything goes and children are encouraged to bring along one of their favourite items to show the authors on the day.

At 12.45pm there will be an opportunity to meet all of the writers in person and have their books signed. There will be a 'pop-up' book shop at the event as well.

Tickets are available through the Pavilion Theatre by phoning (01) 231-2929 or by logging onto www.pavilion theatre.ie. Tickets are priced at €5 per child and €7 per adult. Alternatively, you can purchase a family ticket for €20 which admits two adults and two children. Prices include refreshments and a goody bag.

The event is suitable for children over the age of eight and all children are to be accompanied by an adult. You are asked to bring paper and a pencil to the morning event. For more information on the event you can go to www.dlrcoco.ie.

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