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Dave uses his skills as a storyteller, actor and teacher and combines them all into the perfect session for children. It is fun, energetic and highly entertaining. We were all very impressed with his ability to act out an entire scene from Knights of the Borrowed Dark from memory. He interacts really well with the children and pitches his talk just right. He was a pleasure to work with.

Maedhbh Rogan-McCann, Meath County Executive Librarian

Such an inspiration for young and old alike.

Sinead McPhilips, Baboró Festival

Dave Rudden is a sensational author to have in school. He doesn’t read from his book – he fully acts it out as a piece of drama. He is energetic, entertaining, well-pitched, and intelligent. Success for me is always that the students come up afterwards and want to borrow the book, and with Dave I’ve had to go out and buy more copies – despite the fact that all the ones he brought with him sold out! His talk in our school was to a large group of 2nd year boys and girls and they were all enthralled and fully engaged. Even the teachers were fully entertained. We are all waiting with baited breath for book two!

Joan Kelly, Librarian at King’s Hospital, Palmerstown

It’s been quite some time since I have been part of such a spellbound audience.

Jean Keegan, Mary Queen of Angels N.S.

Great storytelling by a talented speaker, nice touch with drawings the kids’ ideas as well. Really great interaction and energy with the kids.

Paul, Librarian at Coolock Library

Dave’s workshop was a full house attracting kids of all ages. As we couldn’t fully control the age group that booked their seats, it was a an unexpected mish mash of abilities and reading levels but Dave handled them all with equal enthusiasm and attention. The kids shared story ideas and brain stormed characters and plot lines without any one child holding the other back. Dave was also highly entertaining with giggles rippling around the room and eager hands-up throughout. We look forward to welcoming Dave back to ‘Something Wicked’ as our guest and repeat host, anytime he wishes.

Fiona Byrne, Organiser, the Something Wicked Crime Festival, Malahide

Finally a real writer who isn’t dead.

Eleanor, Year 8