Illegal - Pavilion Theatre

Event for Schools

EVENT FOR SCHOOLS with Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano

Date: Wednesday March 21st
Venue: Pavilion Theatre
Time: 12pm
Cost: €4
Age: Age 8+

2 Teachers free per class

In Illegal Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and illustrator Giovanni Rigano turn to the here and now to create  'a deeply affecting and thought provoking account of the 21st-century refugee experience'  (The Guardian).  The book weaves real stories of migration into the tale of Ebo, a spirited 12-year-old from Niger who follows his older brother from his hopeless village to the city of Agadez, where traffickers take them across the Sahara to Tripoli. Here, they are granted space on a boat heading for Italy. The story comes alive in the details: Ebo happens upon a packet of antiseptic wipes that he can trade, one by one, for food. Another voyager, a Chelsea F.C. obsessive, jokes about becoming a World Service commentator.  

Join all three in a reading and drawing session based on this touching and timely book.

Eoin Colfer, former Irish Children’s Laureate, was born in Wexford on the south- east coast of Ireland. He first developed an interest in writing when he was gripped by the Viking stories he learned about after school. After his marriage, he and his wife spent four years working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. In 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and Eoin gave up teaching to write full time. Eoin has sold over twenty million books worldwide. Eoin lives in Ireland and ‘will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon.’
Andrew Donkin has sold over eight million children’s books, graphic novels, and adult books. His work in comics includes Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight for DC Comics, and Doctor Who. With Eoin, he has co-written five bestselling graphic novel adaptations of Eoin’s books. Andrew became interested in the issue of migrants and asylum while writing the biography of Sir Alfred Mehran, a stateless man who lived on a bench in Paris airport for 18 years. The resulting book, The Terminal Man, was described by The Sunday Times as a ‘brilliantly and profoundly disturbing book.’ Andrew lives near the river Thames in London with his family.

Giovanni Rigano is an Italian comics artist and creator of many graphic novels. He has adapted five of Eoin Colfer’s novels into graphic novels as well as Disney- Pixar’s The Incredibles, three Pirates of the Caribbean novels, and his own series Daffodil. He lives in Como, Italy.