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August 6th 2019: Award-winning wildlife authors to visit Laois for Heritage Week

As part of the celebration of Heritage Week in Laois, two award-winning authors will be visiting libraries in Mountmellick and Portlaoise for wildlife art workshops on Friday 23rd August.

Aga Grandowicz is an award-winning wildlife illustrator, co-author of “Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals”, which was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2018 and was the winner of the Children’s Books Ireland Honour Award for Illustration 2019.

As a child, Aga always wanted to be a vet or an ichthyologist (a scientist who studies fish), but she changed her mind before she started college and became an art director and a graphic designer instead. Originally from Gdynia in Poland, she’s been living and working in Dublin since 2006. She is happiest when drawing furry animals and old trees or designing corporate identity.

"The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife" by Juanita Browne

“The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife” by Juanita Browne




Aga Grandowicz, illustrator of “Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals”

Juanita Browne has worked on natural history documentaries for television, including the multi-award-winning ‘Secret Life of the Shannon’ and ‘Wild Ireland’. She has also worked on children’s wildlife television shows for RTE, including ‘Shutterbugs’ and ‘Wild Things.’ Juanita’s books include ‘Ireland’s Mammals’ (2005) and ‘My First Book of Irish Animals’ (2014), which was shortlisted for the Literacy Association of Ireland Children’s Book Award 2015. Her most recent publication is and the Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife, a beautifully illustrated book that guides the reader through the seasons in Ireland.

Juanita also edits Biodiversity Ireland, the magazine of the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Her latest job involves working with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan – conserving bees, bumblebees and the wildflowers, hedgerows they depend on.

The workshops, on at 11am in Portlaoise Library and at 2pm in Mountmellick Library will be a wonderful opportunity for children and budding wildlife artists to help open their eyes to the natural world, from two true wildlife-lovers. Both events are free, but booking is required, contact the libraries at laoislibrary@laoiscoco.ie or https://laois.ie/libraries.

For full details of all Heritage Week events in Laois, download the Laois Event Guide at www.laois.ie/heritage or pick up a printed copy in your local library or Tourist Office. Heritage Week is co-ordinated nationally by the Heritage Council, and details of all events taking place across the country during the week are at www.heritageweek.ie.

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