Bridging Worlds. Reaching out to Young Refugees with Books and Stories
The programme included an overview of the current situation worldwide, and there were three panels looking at issues related to libraries, to books and to the IBBY Silent Books collection. There were opportunities for the IBBY Europe National Sections to share activities and learn from each other. We also aim to develop a section on the current IBBY Europe website for sharing information, resources and looking at future activities.
Marvellous Imaginations – Extending thinking through picture books
We looked at the international world of picture books; at trends and developments in publishing; at specific academic research on children’s interaction with picture books; and at some of the wide range of programmes and projects that use picture books as a starting point for their work, including established programmes like the Reader Organisation in Liverpool and new programmes like CLPE’s Power of Pictures and Amnesty’s work with the Greenaway awards. We heard from eminent illustrators, including Laura Carlin who was presented with her medal for winning Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, one of the oldest international honours for children’s book illustrators, and presented the new Klaus Flugge Prize to Nicholas John Frith for the most exciting newcomer to picture book illustration. The conference also included keynote presentations by well-known illustrators, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature world.
Read the ‘drawn notes’ from MA Graduates Emma Dunmore and Laura Davis who attended conference by clicking on the image to the left. You can also get involved in the day by reading the #IBBYPictures tweets on Storify.
Read the programme for the day and download conference papers here.
Steering the Craft: navigating the process of creating children’s books in the 21st century
Ursula Le Guin provided the title for the 22nd annual IBBY UK/NCRCL MA conference, a writer and thinker who has contributed a great deal to discourse surrounding the craft of writing. This year’s conference started with the concerns of Le Guin’s Steering The Craft (1998), considering the role of writers in book production, and beyond to explore the wider processes involved in creating books for young people. Developments in digital technology and social media, along with the shifting economic climate, have transformed the landscape of book production in recent years and this conference considered the implications of these changes for children’s books. We invited delegates and contributors to think about book production in the widest sense, taking in the various role of: authors; illustrators; translators; editors; designers; printers, agents; publishing houses/marketing teams; book reviewers; booksellers; curriculum design and so on.
The conference included a range of exciting parallel talks, plus keynote presentations from well-known writers, publishers, academics and key figures in the children’s literature domain.
- Click here for the full programme.
- Find out more on the NCRCL blog.
Belonging Is… an Exploration of the Right to Be Included and the Barriers that must Be Overcome
- Download available conference papers here .
- Find out about the speakers at the conference.
- Read our blog of the day and get immersed via Storify!
Feast or Famine: Food and Children’s Literature
Beyond the Book
- Conference Programme
- Conference Photos
- Conference Report: Plenary Sessions
- Conference Report: Parallel Presentations
It doesn’t have to rhyme: children and poetry
Michael Rosen has described poetry as saying ‘important things in a memorable way’, and this conference explored what this means for poetry written for and by children. The conference examined aspects of poetry that impinge on young people, with a focus on the question ‘Why does poetry matter?’, begging the more fundamental question ‘What is poetry?’.
- Take a look at Issue 33 – Spring 2012 It Doesn’t Have to Rhyme: Children and Poetry
Conflicts and Controversies: Challenging Children’s Literature
Individual papers from authors, publishers and scholars examined that history, but also considered what makes a book controversial, particularly in the opinion of adults, and how writers through the centuries have portrayed conflict – social, personal and political – to draw the attention of young readers to the often perplexing and uncomfortable realities of life.
- Details of Proceedings from the 2010 Conference
Going Graphic: Comics and Graphic Novels for Young People
- Details of Proceedings from the 2009 Conference
Deep into Nature: Ecology, Environment and Children’s Literature
- Details of Proceedings from the 2008 Conference