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Oisin McGann’s Storytelling for Kids

Oisín McGann is an Irish author and illustrator who has written and illustrated a huge range of novels and picture books for young adults and children, including the Mad Grandad series and several fantasy and sci-fi adventures.

Oisín is renowned for his storytelling workshops. In this special Saturday afternoon event for kids aged 8 to 12, he will explain how he created several of his well-loved books. Covering the gathering of ideas, bringing the story together, and how to use language in a clever and funny way, this is the ideal one-stop shop for anyone bursting with stories of their own to tell. Plus, you get to hear Oisín reading from one of his books and watch him draw, then ask all the questions you like.

Oisín is also the Weather Stations writer in residence at Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin, a global initiative that places literature and storytelling at the heart of the conversations around climate change.


Portrait of Oisin McGann

Oisin McGann

Oisín McGann is one of Ireland’s leading writers and illustrators of books for children and young adults.

Weather Stations

The Wheeler Centre is one of five partners in a brand new global project, which places literature and storytelling at the heart of the conversations around climate change. Launched in 2014, the Weather Stations project harnesses the transformative power of words to imagine, in the context of a threatened environment, how we might live our lives differently.

Over 18 months, the project will bring together five cultural institutions from around the world: the Wheeler Centre, Free Word in London, internationales literaturfestival Berlin, Krytyka Polityczna in Warsaw and Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin.

Each Weather Station has appointed a writer in residence, whose task is to produce a body of work that reflects how they view our relationship with the environment. The Wheeler Centre’s writer in residence is Tony Birch.

Tony has been blogging regularly at globalweatherstations.com, alongside the other writers involved in the project –Jas Kapela, Mirko Bonné, Oisin McGann and Xiaolu Guo. From Monday 21 April to Monday 12 May, all five writers undertook a residency together in Australia – including several discussions held at the Wheeler Centre. Videos will be produced and posted here soon.

Still to come: in collaboration with some of Victoria’s young citizens, Tony will explore the wide-ranging implications of climate change on future generations. And the writers will undertake further residencies in the home countries of participating Weather Stations partners.

Find out more about Weather Stations at our project page.


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