Young Dublin Readers will Borrow Knights of the Borrowed Dark For Citywide Reading Campaign

Over the next two months, children across Dublin are encouraged to read about mysterious shape-shifting creatures that disappear into the shadows, as Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden is the chosen book for the 2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children. The aim of the campaign is to encourage children to read for pleasure.

The launch of the 2017 campaign will take place today, at 10 a.m., in the Undercroft, in Dublin Castle, where avid and enthusiastic readers of the book will meet the author.   

Speaking about this campaign, Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said “It is a pleasure to be involved with a campaign that encourages children to read and talk about books, and this year’s choice, Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden, will definitely keep young minds enthralled. The Citywide Reading Campaign is now in its sixth year and I commend all involved for their commitment to this initiative.  I hope that all the children that participate and take some time to read this book really enjoy the experience.”

Dave Rudden said, “I am honoured and delighted that Knights of the Borrowed Dark is Dublin UNESCO City of Literature’s Citywide Read. This is the city that taught me how to write, and I owe so much to its vibrant, friendly and supportive literary community. There’s a wild, swashbuckling charm to Dublin that very much inspired the strange and magical world of the Knights (though thankfully with fewer clockwork women and waistcoated misery-drinkers) and I can’t wait to share it with Dublin’s young readers and help them find stories of their own.”

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with Puffin Books, and runs from January to March 2017.

There will be author visits to many Dublin City Council branch libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign. The campaign ends on 19th March with a packed day of fun events based on the book, as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival’s Big Day Out in Merrion Square.

Copies of the book are available in all Dublin City Libraries as well as in all good bookshops. Details of the campaign are available at

The project is funded by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Photographs from the launch will be syndicated to picture desks by Fennell Photography.


For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office Email

Notes to the Editor:

About the book:

Knights of the Borrowed Dark is a funny and fast-moving adventure story, which will appeal to boys and girls, and is perfect for children aged 10 and older

Denizen doesn’t believe in magic – until he’s ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight. That kind of thing can really change your perspective. Now Denizen is about to discover that there’s a world beyond the ones he knows. A world of living darkness where an unseen enemy awaits. Fortunately for humanity, between us and the shadows stand the Knights of the Borrowed Dark. Unfortunately for Denizen, he’s one of them.

This is the sixth year of the reading initiative.  In previous years books chosen for the Citywide Reading Campaign included Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent by Alan Early, The Nightmare Club series featuring Annie Graves, The Powers by Kevin Stevens, Danger is Everywhere by David O’Doherty and Chris Judge and last year’s book was The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray.

See Dave’s website for more details about the book.

Key Events during the Citywide Reading Campaign

National Library of Ireland, Kildare St. Thursday 16th February at 10am. Join author Dave Rudden for readings from Knights of the Borrowed Dark.  Suitable for 5th & 6th Classes. Free but booking essential  Contact Bríd O’Sullivan at

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square Thursday 23rd February

Drama workshop with Dave Rudden  11a.m. to 12.30pm -, including re-enacting scenes from Knights of the Borrowed Dark. Suitable for 6-10 year olds. No experience necessary. Fee €10. Limited places available.  Book at 2225564

Creative Writing Workshop led by Dave Rudden.  2p.m. to 4 p.m.  Suitable for children 10+ years. Fee €10. No experience necessary. Book a place at 2225564.

Cabra Library, Navan Road, Dublin 7 Tuesday 7th March 3.30pm. Dave Rudden will read from his book, Knights of the Borrowed Dark, discuss where ideas and characters come from, as well as take questions on what it's like to be a writer. Admission Free. Suitable for children 8+.  Booking essential at 8691414

St. Patrick’s Festival. Big Day Out Merrion Square.  Sunday 19th March 12pm -6pm Don’t miss our special event in the RSAI building in Merrion Square, which will bring the characters and story of Knights of the Borrowed Dark to life. Featuring magic shows with Jack Wise, sword fighting, illustration workshops with Chris Judge, author readings and lots more fun, this special adventure will be something to remember. Suitable for ages 6+ More details will be available nearer the time at