Dave Rudden

Bualadh Bos Festival Author Talk with

Dave Rudden

Followed by Q & A with a prize for the best question!

Best-selling author Dave Rudden (KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK, DOCTOR WHO) has spoken in hundreds of schools about books, beards and the importance of a good sword-fight. If you’ve ever wanted a glimpse into the life of a real writer (as well as tips on how to become one yourself) this event is a must-see. Hear about murderous monsters, dark magic, writing for Doctor Who and how Dave once won a crisp taste-test and a limbo competition at the same time (his proudest achievement).

Find out how to come up with inspiring heroes and dreadful villians. Learn what to do with stories after you’ve written them, and why grammar and spelling isn’t half as important as having fun. Writers of all ages welcome!

Suitable for Age 8+.

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Dave Rudden

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HELLO. I’m Dave Rudden and I write books: What else do you need to know… I’m tall, I’m loud, I’m from West Cavan and I’m 30 years old. I have spoken to hundreds of children about books, beards and the importance of a good sword-fight. If you’ve ever wanted a glimpse into the life of a real writer (as well as tips on how to become one yourself) this event is a must-see.

Important Things to Know: I love horror, fantasy, science-fiction, video games, fajitas and getting into mischief. I can sort of draw and kind of dance and can’t sing at all. I once won a limbo competition and a crisp taste test competition in the same venue in the same half hour.  I was born the day before Valentine’s Day and my parents nearly called me Valentine.

Extremely Important Things to Know: I used to be a teacher, and now I teach writing for humans of all sizes all over the world. My books are about hideous monsters, monsters that are not always hideous, and stressed teenagers doing the right thing. I hope you like them.

I began my arts career as a storyteller around Dublin in nights like The Monday Echo and Milk & Cookies, before realising that it might be a good idea to try writing some of this stuff down.

From then, it was submitting to journals and anthologies, getting rejections, and then occasionally getting accepted by nice places like Bare Hands, Wordlegs and The Quotable.

In 2013 I won the Fantasy Book Review Short Story Prize, which was lovely, and I’ve had short stories short-listed for the Hennessy New Writing Award and the Bath Short Story Prize. I’ve performed at festivals, schools, libraries and theatres – and once a pumpkin festival.

I studied a Masters in Creative Writing in UCD, and was asked to write the first chapter of a novel for homework. That first chapter turned into a book called Knights of the Borrowed Dark, which caught the eye of rockstar agent Clare Wallace of the Darley Anderson Children’s Agency. I signed with Puffin the following February, and I haven’t stopped since.

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Belltable Café serving breakfast/brunch menu from 10am – 2.30pm

T&Cs


  • As part of COVID19 government guidelines for indoor gatherings, all audiences with children are categorised as ‘mixed immunity’. This means that the capacity for all Bualadh Bos events is limited to 50, with 2m social distancing. No vaccination certs are required.
  • Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
  • No exchange or refunds.
  • Wearing of mask/face covering is compulsory while in the auditorium.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • On street parking.

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