Art & Authors Festival 2017

Pen and Paintbrush Dance Together - Join the Celebration of Creativity

Marymount's Young Authors Festival will take a slightly different format this year, to include the artistic talents of our students. Marymount is therefore excited to host the first edition of the Art and Authors Fair! Students will celebrate their literary and artistic skills, through an Africa-inspired week, shedding light on the school's close relationship with the RSHM Mission in Zimbabwe.

This festival will take place on our campus from May 29th - June 2nd.

Check out our Flickr Album below for photos from the festival!

Art & Authors Festival

Activities included:

  • Tuesday, May 30th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
    Opening Cocktail for Student Art Exhibition & Art Auction featuring original works by acclaimed artist Asher Jay
    CHILDCARE DURING THE COCKTAIL: Enjoy your art auction evening quietly while your children have fun, being taken care of by 'Matilda' cast members for the evening. All the collected funds (5-10 euros per child) will go towards the school play.
  • Monday 29th – Tuesday May 30th
    Guest Author, Ifeoma Onfeylu (Grades PK- 8)
    Book Signing, Tuesday May 30th, 1:30pm-2:30pm in the Library
  • Thursday, 1st June
    Guest Author, Cat Weatherill (Grades 3-8)
    Book Signing, Thursday June 1st, 1:00pm-2:20pm in the Library

All Week Long

  • Week long Student Art & Writing Exhibition on display
  • Guest artists and authors share their work and hold book signings
  • Fiction Writing Competition
  • Silent Art Auction

All proceeds are to benefit RSHM Zimbabwe.

Featuring Guest Authors and Work By:

Ifeoma Onyefulu, author

Ifeoma is a Nigerian children's author, novelist and photographer, born in Onitsha, Nigeria and brought up in a traditional village. After completing a business management course, she trained as a photographer, contributing to a number of magazines. As a Nigerian expatriate living in England, Ifeoma has successfully introduced English-speaking audiences to the range and variety of village life on the continent of Africa, through her picture books for young readers and her photography. offering a rarely seen depiction of African village life.

Learn more on her website:

Cat Weatherill, author

Cat Weatherill is unusual… Not only is she a best-selling children’s novelist, she is also one of Europe’s leading performance storytellers. This is quite an achievement! Many people achieve one or the other, but only Cat has managed both. She says she plays for a living – with stories, images, dreams, hopes and ideas. She combines her love of language with a playful spirit and an open heart and makes Story Magic.

Learn more on her website:

Asher Jay, artist

While Asher Jay is not visiting Marymount during the festival, our Art Auction during the Opening Cocktail of the Student Art Exhibition will be auctioning off two of her stunning works! Asher is an international adventurer, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and UN Women Design Star, whose compelling paintings, sculptures, installations, animations, ad campaigns, and films all have a single purpose: to incite global action on behalf of wildlife conservation.

Learn more on her website:


Previous guest authors from our Authors festivals have included:

  • Cornelia Funke, author of the Inkheart series
  • Atinuke, storyteller and author of the Anna Hibiscus stories
  • Nicola Davies, well-known children's author and conservationist
  • Mandy Coe, award winning poet and artist
  • Lynne Reid Banks, author of Indian in the Cupboard series
  • Jack Gantos, author of the Joey Pigza novels and Newberry prize winner
  • Anne Fine, Children’s’ Laureate and author of many books including Madame Doubtfire
  • Lynne Cherry, a prize-winning writer, illustrator, green activist and author of The Great Kapok Tree.
  • Caroline Laurence, author of the Roman Mysteries Series
  • Marcia Williams, book illustrators
  • P. J. Lynch, book illustrators