Whole Wild World Bus Tour

Yellow circle with centred black text reading 'Whole wild world'. Around the edge of the yellow circle are dozens of doodled images in a variety of colours, including a mountain, bus, sheep, rainbow, frog, pineapple, unicorn, hot air balloon, boat, pirate, kite, tree, cat, balloon, butterfly, house, astronaut, bird and the sunshine peeking out from behind some clouds.

Join Laureate na nÓg Patricia Forde and a bus of artists on their journey down the Wild Atlantic Way!

In April 2024, Patricia will bring a bus full of the very best Irish children’s authors and illustrators for a trip down the Wild Atlantic Way, from Donegal all the way to Cork.

The bus will stop at schools, libraries and bookshops, working with young readers to imagine new worlds in words and pictures.

‘I want to bring together my two favourite groups of people – the children of Ireland, and the writers and illustrators we have in such abundance – to shape new stories, and share old ones. Simply put, we’re bringing books and their creators to an audience that doesn’t often get a chance to meet them. The spark for a new story is never very far away, and with the Whole Wild World Bus Tour, we’re hoping to bring it that little bit closer.’

– Patricia Forde, Laureate na nÓg

The theme for Patricia Forde’s laureateship, Samhlaigh! Samhlaigh! Making it Up as We Go Along, seeks to spark wild creativity across the country – bringing children and artists together to inspire one another, to imagine new worlds, and most of all, to have fun along the way.

The Whole Wild World bus tour will form a central part of her Laureate term.

The Whole Wild World bus tour route is as follows:

Monday, April 15th

Malin – Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Malin Head

Creeslough – Creeslough NS, Scoil Mhuire Creeslough, Glassan NS

Gaoth Dobhair – Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair

Tuesday, April 16th

Glenties – Scoil Náisiúnta Éadan Fhionnfhraoich

Killybegs – Fintra National School

Manorhamilton – Manorhamilton Library   

Wednesday, April 17th 

Sligo – Event at Hawk’s Well Theatre, 10am. Booking for school groups direct with theatre at boxoffice@hawkswell.com

Easky – Owenbeg NS

Thursday, April 18th

Belmullet – Event as Gaeilge at Áras Inis Gluaire / Belmullet Library, 10am. Booking for school groups by contacting info@childrenslaureate.ie.

Newport – Newport NS

Louisburgh – Books at One

Westport – Tertulia Books

Friday, April 19th

Leenane – Leenane National School

Furbo – Scoil na bhForbacha

Saturday, April 20th – Galway City

2pm – Live, free family event in conjunction with Cúirt festival, 2pm. Book via www.cuirt.ie from March 6th.

2pm-6pm CBI Book Doctors on Middle Street

3pm, 4pm Monster Doodle on Middle Street

6.30pm – Artist event at An Taibhdhearc, #Properbook: Making It Up as We Go Along: How to Write and Illustrate for Children and Young People. Tickets €25 with access fund available. Booking via Eventbrite.

Monday, April 22nd

Ennistymon – ‘Whole Town Event’ with Banner Books, Ennistymon Library and Scoil Mhainchín, Ennistymon

Tuesday, April 23rd – Limerick City

School event at the Irish World Academy in University of Limerick

Illustrator event at Limerick Gallery of Art

Illustration Masterclass with PJ Lynch at Limerick Gallery of Art

Wednesday, April 24th

Tralee – Siamsa Tíre, 10am. Bookings for school groups via https://siamsatire.com/

Cloghane – Scoil Náisiúnta an Chlocháin

Kilorglin – Kilorglin Library

Thursday, April 25th

Cahersiveen – Aghatubrid NS

Kenmare – Kenmare Library

Friday, April 26th

Bantry.- Bantry Library

Schull – Schull Community College

Skibbereen – Skibberreen Bookshop

Saturday, April 27th

Sherkin Island – Community event with neighbouring Oileán Chléire/Cape Clear

Sunday, April 28th

Kinsale – Kinsale Library

Artists Niamh Sharkey, Patricia Forde, Mary Murphy and Eve McDonnell with their Whole Wild World tickets! Credit: Ruth Ní Eidhin

Artists joining the Whole Wild World tour

We are delighted to announce the names of the brilliant authors and illustrators who will be joining us on the Whole Wild World adventure this April. Along the Wild Atlantic Way you’ll find …

Bridget Breathnach, Alan Nolan, Ashwin Chacko, Oein DeBhairduin, Sadhbh Devlin, Dave Rudden, Paddy Donnelly, Malachy Doyle, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Leona Forde, Patricia Forde, Chris Haughton, Karen Harte, Kim Sharkey, Shane Hegarty, Olivia Hope, Máire Zepf, Paul Howard, Pádraig Kenny, Tarsila Krüse, Tristan Rosenstock, Clara Kumagai, PJ Lynch, Olivia Hope, Jane Mitchell, Steve McCarthy, Sinéad O’Hart, Siobhán Parkinson, Eve McDonnell, Méabh McDonnell, Isla McGuckin, Jane Mitchell, Mary Murphy, ER Murray, Serena Molloy, Sarah Webb, Muireann Ní Chíobhaín and Áine Ní Ghlinn.

Read more about these artists here.

Follow the journey on your favourite social media channels using the hashtag #WholeWildWorld.