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Citywide Reading Campaign for Children – Knights of the Borrowed Dark

We are delighted to announce that Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden, published by Puffin Books, is the chosen book for our 2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

This reading initiative is organised by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service as part of its UNESCO City of Literature programme with the aim of encouraging children to read for pleasure.

There will be author visits to Dublin City public libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign from January to March 2017. Copies of the book will be available to borrow in all Dublin City Library branches.

Knights Of The Borrowed Dark is the first novel in a new trilogy about a secret war between a race of shapeshifting monsters and the warriors sworn to stop them. Denizen Hardwick doesn’t believe in magic – until he’s ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight. That kind of thing can really change your perspective. Now Denizen is about to discover that there’s a world beyond the one he knows. A world of living darkness where an unseen enemy awaits. Fortunately for humanity, between us and the shadows stand the Knights of the Borrowed Dark. Unfortunately for Denizen, he’s one of them . . .

“I am honoured and delighted that KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK is Dublin UNESCO City of Literature’s Citywide Read. This is the city that taught me how to write, and I owe so much to its vibrant, friendly and supportive literary community. There’s a wild, swashbuckling charm to Dublin that very much inspired the strange and magical world of the Knights (though thankfully with less clockwork women and waistcoated misery-drinkers) and I can’t wait to share it with Dublin’s young readers and help them find stories of their own.” says Dave Rudden

This is the sixth year of the reading initiative. In previous years books chosen for the Citywide Reading Campaign included Alan Early’s Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent, The Nightmare Club series featuring Annie Graves , The Powers by Kevin Stevens, Danger is Everywhere by David O’Doherty, and last year’s book was The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray

For more details on Dave and the Knights of the Borrowed Dark click here.


Thursday 16th February 2017 10am

National Library of Ireland, Kildare St.

Author reading with Dave Rudden. Free. Suitable for 5th & 6th Classes.

To book a class in contact Bríd O’Sullivan at


Thursday 23rd February, 11am – 12.30pm

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square. (Education Room)

A drama workshop for 6 – 10 year olds

Join author Dave Rudden to explore different dramatic and delivery techniques, and work together to re-enact scenes from his book the Knights of the Borrowed Dark.

No experience necessary. Fee €10.

Places are limited, to book a place please contact the gallery reception on 012225564.

Thursday 23rd February, 2 – 4pm

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square (Education Room)

Creative Writing Workshop for 10+ year olds

In this practical creative writing workshop led by author Dave Rudden participants will explore how to develop ideas, plot structures and characters, how to edit your writing and how to bring an idea from your head to the page. The session will culminate with a 15 minute Q&A with the author and the person with the best question will win a signed copy of his book The Knights of the Borrowed Dark. 

No experience necessary. Fee €10.

Places are limited, to book a place please contact the gallery reception on 012225564.

Tuesday 7th March, 3.30pm

Cabra Library, Navan Road, Dublin 7

Reading and Knights of the Borrowed Dark fun with author Dave Rudden. Suitable for children aged 8+ Free admission. Booking advisable at 8691414

Sunday 19th March 12-6pm

Big Day Out, St. Patrick’s Festival, Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Readings with author Dave Rudden, illustration workshops with Chris Judge, magic shows and much more in the RSAI building, Merrion Square. More details nearer the time at 

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