Pictured at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016 are Specsavers Ireland Chairperson Sinead Clohessy and Illustrator Margaret Anne Suggs with the Junior and Senior Children’s Book of the Year category winners Dave Rudeen and Kathleen Watkins.


Specsavers attended the awards ceremony to show their support following a long running sponsorship of the Children’s Book of the Year, Junior and Senior categories. The evening saw Dave Rudden take home the Senior category award with his book Knights of the Borrowed Dark with Kathleen Watkins taking home the Junior category of the awards with her book Pigín of Howth.

Black tie event

The black tie event, held at the Double Tree Hilton on the Burlington Road was attended by a host of VIP guests and leading authors including Graham Norton and Jilly Cooper who also took home awards on the night.

Children’s short story competition

In celebration of its continued sponsorship of the Junior and Senior Irish Children's Book of the Year categories at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, Specsavers is running a nationwide children’s short story writing competition. 

Create a short story

Inspired by a cartoon drawing of a young boy and his dog who discover an aliens glasses out in the wilderness, children across the country are being asked to create a short story, no longer than 500 words, beginning with the sentence; ‘I found an alien’s glasses...’  


The competition is open to children and teenagers up to 16 years of age. The winner of each category will win €1,000 for their school library along with all of the shortlisted children’s titles for 2016 and will also win the shortlisted children’s titles for themselves.

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