Children’s Author Shane Hegarty to read at 2023 Allingham Festival

Children’s author Shane Hegarty will perform readings from his wildly-popular books in Ballyshannon schools during the 2023 Allingham Festival, Nov 8-12.

A former journalist and editor with The Irish Times, Shane Hegarty is the author of many books, including the “Darkmouth” series about a boy who fights mythical monsters even when he’d rather not. Hegarty is also well-known for the award-winning “Boot” series – funny, moving adventure tales about a robot who wakes in a rubbish grinder and sets off to find its owner. Future Hegarty books will be released in 2024 and 2025.

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Shane Hegarty

Shane Hegarty’s public events have become hugely popular, thanks to their mix of jokes, visuals, audience interaction and writing tips. He has appeared at major festivals including the Hay Festival, Listowel Writers Week, and the International Literature Festival, Dublin. During the 2023 Allingham Festival, Shane Hegarty will perform readings at Creevy National School and The Holy Family National School.

The 2023 Allingham Festival will take place in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal from 8-12 November. Headline events will include an interview with best-selling domestic noir author Liz Nugent, a keynote speech by Children’s Ombudsman Niall Muldoon and a big-screen showing of the award-winning film The Deepest Breath. Major sponsors of the 2023 Allingham Festival include the Donegal County Council, the Sponsoring Partners of the Allingham Arts Association and the merchants of Ballyshannon.

The Allingham Poetry and Flash Fiction Competitions are open for entries thru 22 September. Up-to-date Festival information is posted on-line at

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