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FCBG Conference March 2013

Booking now open.... (follow the link)

The conference is open to both members and non-members (though the former enjoy a discount which makes it worthwhile becoming a member), and this year visiting speakers include Michelle Paver, Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore, Marcus Sedgwick, Annabel Pitcher, Emma Chichester Clark, Harriet Castor, Gill Lewis, Mary Hooper , Sally Nicholls, Andrew Hammond, Adele Geras, Malaika Rose Stanley, Liz Pichon, Elen Caldecott, Colin Mulhern, Jonathan Meres, Angie Sage, Conrad Mason, Melvin Burgess, Rachel Ward, Jane Ray and Alex T. Smith.

Ibby Conference - Last Chance To Book

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Bookings are still open for the 19th annual IBBY/NCRCL MA conference; however they will close on Monday 5 November. There are only a few places left so book your place now!

The conference will take place in Grove House, Froebel College on Saturday 10 November 2012.

All bookings for the conference need to be made online:

the day's programme includes children's book historian Matthew Grenby; innovative publishers Nosy Crow, Winged Chariot, and Hot Key Books on digital developments; award-winning author Sita Brahmachari; school librarian Kay Waddilove talking to young book reviewers; national children's dramatist David Wood; Pop Up director Dylan Calder speaking with author Candy Gourlay, and author/illustrators James Mayhew and Karin Littlewood; and Jim Kay, Greenaway Award-winning illustrator of 'A Monster Calls'.

The day also features a range of stimulating parallel sessions on themes such as performance and adaptation, online writing communities, merchandising and the book as material object, new forms of publishing, and more...

Poetry Conference


A conference to highlight how CLPE poetry projects have engaged children as readers, writers and performers and to share how you can involve your whole school community in poetry. The conference will also showcase the new Poetryline website, which is packed full of free resources for teachers.
Date: Thursday 25 October 2012, 9.30 - 3.30
Venue: CLPE, 44 Webber Street, London SE1 8QW
Cost: £225 (lunch included)
Booking: email

Conference Speakers Announced

Celia Rees and Debi Gliori will deliver keynotes at the SCBWI British Isles' Children's Book Conference

The British Isles Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, a professional organization of writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people has announced a star-studded line-up for their annual conference to be held on November 24th and 25th 2012 at the University of Winchester. Admission is £198 for SCBWI members and £228 for non-members. More information and a registration form can be found at their website:

Caribbean Poetry Conference, 20-22 September

A conference on Caribbean Poetry will take place in Cambridge from 20-22 September 2012.

Speakers and performers include John Agard, Beverley Bryan, Christian Campbell, Kei Miller, Mervyn Morris, Grace Nichols, Velma Pollard, Olive Senior, Dorothea Smartt and special guest Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Call For Papers

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A Call for Papers on the theme of "Beyond the Book"

posted on behalf of the: 19th IBBY UK/NCRCL MA Conference

Now, more than ever, people are debating what constitutes a book. With the development of ebooks, apps, self-publishing and fan fiction ­- as well as the popularity of book adaptations to film, TV, stage and other venues - book boundaries are extended and broken all the time. The boundaries of children's books have always been flexible, with merchandise included with John Newbery's A Little Pretty Pocket Book, published in 1744 and J.M. Barrie's classic character Peter Pan appearing in various guises before being immortalised in fiction. The 19th IBBY UK/NCRCL MA conference will consider the many incarnations of stories that take place 'beyond the book', as well as the impact of children's books on wider culture, including discussions of the publishing industry and book design, digital developments, marginalia, adaptation, festivals, museums, collections, and more.

The conference will include keynote presentations by well-known writers, publishers and academics. Proposals are welcomed for workshop sessions (lasting about 20 minutes) on the following or other relevant issues/areas from any period in the history of international children's literature:

  • The book industry, including editorial and marketing, production, cover design and other peritextual features, and distribution channels;
  • Digital developments, including apps, websites, ebooks, self-publishing, blogs, social networks;
  • Adaptations beyond the book, including film, TV, radio, theatre, as well as book trailers, YouTube videos, music, etc.;
  • Marginalia, and other evidence of how children read/interact with books;
  • Blogging
  • Fan fiction
  • Websites, such as Pottermore, that affect the way readers perceive and understand the worlds constructed from books;
  • Merchandising, book festivals;
  • Museums, book collections, societies;
  • The role of books/stories in popular culture;
We welcome contributions from interested academics and other researchers in any of these areas. Brief accounts of the papers that are presented at the conference will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of IBBY UK, the journal of IBBY UK.

The deadline for proposals is July 31st 2012. Please email a 200-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper), along with a short biography and affiliation to Laura Atkins:

Not Too Late To Book

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English Association Conferences - Dickens and Childhood

Dickens and Childhood Conference and Symposium Monday 18 June

It is not too late to book for this one-day conference, which will include walks, lectures, readings, and parallel sessions on topics that will appeal to students, teachers, Dickens experts, and the 'interested reader'. The event will include an evening symposium of contemporary children's authors speaking on how reading Dickens has influenced their work.

The venue is V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London.

Click the link for booking information...

Last Call For Bookings

- that's tomorrow, Friday...

SCBWI Conference 2010

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Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators British Isles Conference 2010
13-14 November, University of Winchester Main Campus, SO22 4NR

Our third, two-day, annual conference offers the opportunity for those who are published or unpublished to network with other authors, illustrators and publishing professionals, to work on their craft and learn more about marketing their books and the realities of today's children's book market.

Speakers include Marcus Sedgwick, Lynne Chapman, Mini Grey, Linda Chapman and David Fickling. A limited number of one-on-one manuscript and portfolio reviews with editors and art directors will be available. We will also be offering individual website reviews with a professional web designer. There is an optional critique meet on the evening of Friday the 12th, an open portfolio exhibition on Saturday 13th and various competitions for authors and illustrators.

Join us to celebrate 10 years of the SCBWI-BI and our members' recent success at our exclusive party on Saturday night!

Booking is now open at
Limited places available.

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Laure Atkins writes:

Children's literature has always courted controversy, from eighteenth-century debates concerning the dangers of fairy tales to publications of the last fifty years­­--such as Falling (1995) by Anne Provoost or Doing It (2003) by Melvin Burgess--that further challenge notions of what is suitable reading material for young readers. Nor can children's authors stand aside from the conflicts and political debates of their age, since these will resonate at some level in all writing for the next generation.  This conference will address controversial subject matter in children's fiction; the fictional coverage of national and international conflicts, and question any lingering assumptions that children's literature is, or should be, apolitical.

The conference will include keynote presentations by well-known writers, publishers and academics. Proposals are welcomed for workshop sessions (lasting about 20 minutes) on the following or other relevant issues/areas from any period in the history of international children's literature:

  • representations of war - from a historical perspective, or thinking about the way in which children's book engage with contemporary/ongoing conflicts;
  • generational conflict - an area of conflict that has been explored throughout the history of children's literature and that crosses literary form and genre;
  • sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll:  counterculture in children's literature;
  • the engagement with gender/sexuality in books for young people;
  • depictions of violence - in prose fiction, picture books or graphic novels;
  • the way in which  books challenge or subvert prevailing constructions of childhood;
  • dystopian children's literature;
  • controversies ensuing from perceived tensions between authors' lives/biographies and their child audience;
  • breaking formal boundaries - considering alternative narrative forms such as experimental novels or picture books; electronic narratives; fan fiction etc.;
  • historical perspective and its impact on the subversive/controversial nature of children's literature - the way in which ideological shifts can generate new readings or/ reactions to children's books;
  • controversies thrown up at different points in the history of children's literature;
  • the multifarious ways in which children's literature has engaged with religious or political issues;
  • the ways in which children's literature has broken/challenged boundaries, traditions and taboos.

We welcome contributions from interested academics and others researchers in any of these areas. Brief accounts of the papers that are presented at the conference will be published in the Spring 2011 issue of IBBYLink, the journal of British IBBY.

The deadline for proposals is 31st August  2010. Please email a 200-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper), along with a short biography and affiliation to Laura Atkins:

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Booktrust Teenage Shotlist

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The shortlisted books for the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2006 are:
Siobhan Dowd A Swift Pure Cry
Ally Kennen Beast
Paul Magrs Exchange
Anthony McGowan Henry Tumour
Marcus Sedgwick The Foreshadowing
John Singleton Angel Blood

Diversity Matters

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Diversity Matters: growing markets in children's publishing

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster
24-25 June 2006
Saturday 24, 10.00am � 5.00 pm; Family event: 6.00-8.00 pm
Sunday 25, 10.00am � 1.30 pm

Keynote Speakers:
Malorie Blackman & Trevor Phillips, Chair CRE
Contributing authors include:
Beverley Naidoo, Mary Hoffman, Bali Rai, Ken Wilson-Max and poetry with John Agard

This major conference from Arts Council England, organised by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, provides a unique opportunity to raise the profile of the market for culturally diverse children�s books and to explore opportunities for development in this area.

Drawing together people from across the industry, conference delegates will include publishers, writers and illustrators as well as booksellers, librarians and teachers. It will also feature a public showcase event open to local families.

Workshops will focus on: development of the market; informing and stimulating growth; showcasing good practice

For more information, or to book a place, please visit the website:

Advance Notice

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FICTION FOR CHILDREN COMES OF AGE - a one-day conference at Homerton's Faculty of Education, Hills Road, Cambridge
09:00-17:30, Saturday 23rd April
Registration fee: ?75* (student concessions ?35)
Julia Eccleshare
Geoff Fox
Nikki Gamble
Peter Hunt
Jan Mark
Philippa Pearce
Kim Reynolds
Margaret Meek Spencer
Nicholas Tucker
Victor Watson
Tel 01223 767600 for application form

N.B. The full registration fee includes a signed paperback copy of The Coming of Age in Children's Literature by Margaret Meek and Victor Watson

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