Speakers Announced for 22nd IBBY UK/NCRCL MA Conference

Steering the Craft: 

Navigating the process of creating children’s books in the 21st century

Saturday 14th November 2015

Froebel College, University of Roehampton

Ursula Le Guin provides the title for the 22nd annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference, a writer and thinker who has contributed a great deal to discourse surrounding the craft of writing. This year’s conference starts with the concerns of Le Guin’s Steering The Craft (1998), considering the role of writers in book production, and moves beyond this 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 seeks to consider the implications of these changes for children’s books. We invite 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 will include a range of exciting parallel talks, plus keynote presentations from well-known writers, publishers, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature domain – we are delighted to confirm the following speakers:

  • Julie Eccleshare
  • Dianne Hofmeyr and Jane Ray
  • Nicky Singer
  • Clémentine Beauvais
  • Daniel Hahn
  • Publishing industry panel:
    • Anna McQuinn (Alanna Books)
    • David Maybury (Scholastic)
    • Barry Cunningham (Chicken House)
  • Melvin Burgess

The full programme will be available in September 2015 when we will also open for bookings – this event is likely to be very popular, so we advise you to book your place early. Check back here on the NCRCL blog for updates or follow us on Facebook or Twitter!


About Erica Gillingham

Academic, Writer, Craft. LGBT Children's Literature. London, UK, via California · www.ericagillingham.com

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