IBBY/NCRCL MA Conference 2011 Call for Papers

Call for Papers: ‘It doesn’t have to rhyme: Children and Poetry’

The 18th Annual IBBY/NCRCL MA conference, to be held at Froebel College, University of Roehampton, 12th November, 2011, will explore aspects of poetry that impinge on young people, with a focus on the question, ‘Why does poetry matter?’, which begs the more fundamental question, ‘What is poetry?’

Plenary speakers include Morag Styles, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson, Susan Bassnett, and a panel involved with the publication of poetry.

Papers are invited for workshop sessions on topics such as:

*   Is there such a thing as poetry specifically for children?
*   What place in the curriculum is there for the poetry of the past, whether poems written for children or those poems which are often regarded as part of our heritage?
*   Can a love of poetry be taught?
*   Is poetry written by children really poetry?
*   What place is there in children’s poetry today for traditional features such as rhythm and rhyme?
*   Can poetry be translated?
*   What is poetry and does it matter anyway?
*   What kind of links, if any, are there between poetry and performance?

Proposals for short presentations (no more than twenty minutes) on these or other related topics should be sent to Pat Pinsent (patpinsent@aol.com ) by 20th July 2011.

Proceedings of IBBY/NCRCL MA conferences are normally published by the date of the subsequent conference.

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About Laura Atkins

I am a children's book author and editor who has worked in the children's book field for over twenty years. My published books include picture book SLED DOG DACHSHUND (illustrated by An Phan), and the middle grade biography FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP (co-written with Stan Yogi, illustrated by Yutaka Houlette). This is the first in the Fighting for Justice series - the next book about Biddy Mason to be co-written with Arisa White will come out in July 2018. I spent seven years in editorial departments in the United States where I helped to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. I continued to work as a freelance editor and as a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University in London. Now based in Berkeley, California, I work with clients all over the world. I have an MA in Children's Literature from Roehampton University, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. My website is www.lauraatkins.com.

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