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Prince: The Tail of Prince Charming

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Prince: The Tail of Prince Charming

Written and illustrated by ‘the young lackeens’ from the Southside Travellers Children and Young People’s Programme

An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor Cormac Devlin will launch this graphic novel at dlr LexIcon Studio Theatre, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire on Thursday 25th May at 6pm.

Children from the Travelling Community visited dlr LexIcon weekly during January-April 2017.  They worked with author and illustrator Alan Nolan and artist and facilitator Natascha Fischell. The 10 children, aged 10-13yrs, wrote and illustrated this story about a dog named Prince.

After the great success with ‘Demons in Disguise’, a graphic novel project dlr Libraries worked on with local young people in 2015, we wanted to create another graphic novel and decided we wanted to work with the Travelling community in the dlr area. We got in touch with STAG, Southside Travellers Action Group who were delighted to come on board.

Many members of the travelling community use the services in dlr Libraries, but we had never worked with them as a group on such a specific project.  We were also inspired by the ‘Days Long Gone’ replica trailer project created as part of Traveller Pride week that visited dlr LexIcon in 2016.

We wanted to engage with Traveller children in our library space and open them up to the possibilities of learning and creating. We also wanted them to feel welcome and at home and to know that libraries are an inclusive, open space for all. We wanted them to have fun in a library setting. We like to think we achieved all of these objectives. Travellers gained ethnic recognition in Ireland on March 1st 2017. We were delighted that this project with young people in the Travelling Community was running at the time of this momentous occasion in Traveller culture.

In association with Southside Travellers Action Group (STAG)

For further information on this event please contact Susan Lynch on: slynch@dlrcoco.ie or 2362718

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