October in Ireland is Children's Book Festival Month and writers, artists, illustrators and all the great and good of Irish (and other) writing get to, among other things, visit libraries and schools. These visits are always great fun, the audiences are generally attentive, eager to get involved and can ask a variety of interesting questions.
This year I was invited down to Kerry to talk to school groups in three of their libraries: Cahirciveen, Tralee and Killarney. They even produced a spiffing guide to go with it.
Much fun was had in all three locations, the kids were fantastic, the staff kept me topped-up with essential coffee and biscuits and, despite the awful weather, the drive through west Kerry to Cahrciveen was spectacular. Huge thanks to all who looked after me and everyone who made the trip so enjoyable.
More of this sort of thing!