26th Annual IBBY UK NCRCL Conference
Saturday 9th November 2019
A World of Information: Children’s Non-Fiction Books in the Digital Age
Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, London
The date for this year’s IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference is 9 November 2019 at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. The theme is A World of Information: Children’s Non-Fiction Books in the Digital Age.
Booking is now open: please click here to secure your place!
Regular: £85 | Concession: £70
All tickets include lunch and refreshments.
The 2019 conference programme has been announced:
9.00 – 9.30 Registration and coffee
9.30 – 9.45 Welcome and IBBY News
9.45 – 10.30 Sue Walker, Reading University
Creativity, colour and collaboration: designing information books for children in the mid-twentieth century
10.30 – 11.15 Joe Sutliff Sanders, University of Cambridge, and Karen Bentall, Librarian, Oakridge Elementary School, Arlington, Virginia (USA)
Beauty in theory and truth: connecting academic approaches to non-fiction and school storytime
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee
11.45 – 12.45 Parallel Sessions
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2 – 2.30 Nicola Davies
The world into words: writing about big things for small people
2.30 – 3.30 A panel of publishers in conversation with writers and illustrators – Thames & Hudson with Yuval Zommer, Flying Eye, Hachette Children’s Group with Neal Layton. Chaired by Liza Miller, Hachette Children’s Group
Publishing non-fiction: challenges and successes
3.30 – 4.00 Tea
4.00 – 4.30 Karenanne Knight, Portsmouth University
How far is far away? Where fact and fiction meet. Cartography and the information book, a Research Project.
4.30 – 5.00 Chris Routh, Chair, Federation of Children’s Book Groups
Celebrating the best non-fiction for children: SLA Information Book Awards and National Non-fiction November
The 2018 conference explored the significance of crafts and hobbies as theme, practice, motif, educational tool and generational bridge.
Subjects explored were:
- The historical shifts in the role and significance of these activities in childhood experience as depicted in a wide range of texts.
- The role of crafting and hobbies in children’s fiction and in picture books.
- The role of books in craft and hobby activities; and consider the craft dimensions of books as material objects.
- The use of collage and textile as illustrative components, at paper-cutting and pop-up books, and at books that are themselves craft or hobby objects.
The conference included keynote presentations by well-known illustrators and craft practitioners, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature world.
The theme of the 2017 conference was Happily Ever After: The Evolution of Fairy Tales Across Time and Cultures.
- The same fairy tales often appear across different cultures. How and why does this happen?
- Should fairy tales be updated – or even subverted – to appeal to modern audiences?
- How have fairy tales evolved as they’ve been retold across the centuries?
The conference included keynote presentations by writers, publishers and academics. Themes explored were:
- variations in fairy tales across cultures
- campfires to apps – how fairy tales have been shared across time
- how fairy tales are viewed through a feminist lens
- whether fairy tales are inclusive for readers of all backgrounds
- the challenges that modern tellers of fairy tales face
- how fairy tales can challenge established storytelling tropes
- how to make an old story feel new
Our keynote speaker was Professor Vanessa Joosen, University of Antwerp.
Information on other past conferences will be uploaded to the website soon; please bear with us!