Conference Photos

We are working on a longer post with summaries from our recent IBBY/NCRCL Conference (Saturday, 10th November) which was on the theme ‘Beyond the Book’. But in the mean time, we thought people might enjoying seeing photos from the day.

NCRCL Director, Lisa Sainsbury, opens the conference.

Matthew Grenby from the University of Newcastle gave a talk on 18th century hand-written manuscripts and the origins of children’s book publishing.

‘Digital Developments: Panel on Books Apps and Digital Publishing’, left to right: Laura Atkins (NCRCL – moderator), Kate Wilson (Nosy Crow), Neal Hoskins (Winged Chariot) and Sara O’Connor (Hot Key Books)

Author Sita Brahmachari (Artichoke Hearts) on creating a circus-theatre adaptation of Shaun Tan’s The Arrival.

School librarian Kay Waddilove and young book reviewer Emilia Lamkin (age 12) discuss shadowing book awards

Roehampton archivist Kornelia Cepok and librarian Julie Mills cut the cake celebrating Just William’s 90th anniversary, and highlighting the Richmal Crompton collection held at the University of Roehampton. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for co-sponsoring the cake.

There are more photos to come of the afternoon sessions (David Wood; the Pop Up panel with Dylan Calder, Candy Gourlay, Karin Littlewood, and James Mayhew; and Jim Kay).

You can follow the Twitter convesation on the day at #IBBY12.

And if you want to see more of Jim Kay’s presentation, Candy Gourlay has created a wonderful illustrated summary here.


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 February 2019. 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

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