Elf Factory: offers early-years audiences an opportunity to enter Santa’s workshop

Three- and four-year-olds give Santa a dig-out in this charming show

The dastardly Captain Hook (Nicholas Grennell)

The baddies are the swashbuckling heroes in this terrific, lavish production

Composer Brian Irvine

Sniffs and snuffles are welcome at this lively classical concert for kids

Sleeping Beauty: a refreshing antidote to some of the more commercial children’s entertainment on offer at Christmas

A commercial-free experience makes for a lovely, old-fashioned day out

As Consumpta and Concepta Carcrashian, Eoin Cannon and Aidan Mannion get all the best lines. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Consumpta and Concepta Carcrashian steal the show in this Theatreworx remix

Motion comics combine animated panels with sound and video

Rachel Joyce: “Once I had the idea of seeing things from Queenie’s point of view, it wouldn’t leave me. I wouldn’t say the book just came to me in the writing, but I found she had so much to say.”

A pilgrimage to a hospice was the unusual theme of Rachel Joyce’s Booker-longlisted debut novel – but readers wouldn’t let her l(...)

A soldier’s story: ‘On the Wire’ at The Sailor’s Home on O’Curry Street in Limerick focuses on the life of an Irish soldier who comes back from the first World War to find a very different Ireland

Play dramatises the untold stories of Irish soldiers coming home from the first World War

David Nicholls has faced the crippling anxiety of writer’s block

Authors David Nicholls and Zadie Smith have both had to fight temptations of internet

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