Bookings Open for 2018 IBBY/NCRCL Conference!

25th Annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference

‘Crafts and Hobbies in Children’s Books’

Saturday 10th November 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Elm Grove Conference Centre, University of Roehampton
Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PH

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Scouting for Boys (Cover via 5th Camberwell Scouts) and The Brownie Guide Handbook (Cover via the V&A)

This year’s conference explores the significance of crafts and hobbies as theme, practice, motif, educational tool and generational bridge. We will be thinking about the historical shifts in the role and significance of these activities in childhood experience as depicted in a wide range of texts. We will examine the role of crafting and hobbies in children’s fiction and in picture books; think about the role of books in craft and hobby activities (including the handbooks of the Brownies, Scouts and Woodcraft Folk and the annuals of children’s TV shows such as Blue Peter); and consider the craft dimensions of books as material objects, looking at the use of collage and textile as illustrative components, at paper-cutting and pop-up books, and at books that are themselves craft or hobby objects (model-making books, sticker books). Discussion will cover the gendering of crafts and hobbies, the definition of a hobby (as distinct from a game or a toy), the vexed boundaries between arts and crafts, and craft as domestic or artisanal. Materials from the archives of the constituent colleges of the University of Roehampton will be on show, including weaving samples and patterns used in early Froebelian education and embroidery samplers from the Whitelands archive. The conference will include keynote presentations by well-known illustrators and craft practitioners, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature world.

Book your place here!

Conference Programme

9.30 Welcome Tea and Coffee

9.45 – 10.45 Plenary
Dr Jane Carroll (Ussher Assistant Professor in Children’s Literature, Trinity College Dublin) | A Stitch in Time: The Craft of Wasting Time in Children’s Books

10.45 – 11.15 Refreshments

11.15 – 12.30 Parallel sessions

A: Creative Practice and Theory and Crafts
Ann Malaspina| Knitting for Peace and Understanding
Anita Radini | Narrating Ancient Crafts to Children: Perspectives from an Archaelogist
Siddharth Pandey | The Hand, the Head, and the Hearing of Things: A Brief Look into Fantasy’s ‘Aesthetic of Making’

B: Historical Making   
Siwan Rosser | Crafting New Talent in Victorian Children’s Periodicals
Angela Sparks | Crafting Traditions in Native American Children’s Books
Ellie Reed | “A Friendly Penguin in Double Knitting” – Knitting for Children in Woman’s Weekly, 1958

C: Hobbies
Mark Carter | Drawing Drawings in Picturebooks
Lesley Smith | Jennings and the Dangers in Stamp Collecting
Pat Pinsent | Patchwork in Lucy Boston’s The Chimneys of Green Knowe (1958): Structure and Metonymy

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 2.45 Parallel sessions

D: Archival and Museum Research
Claudia Pazzini | Art and Collection in Children’s Modern Picture Books. A Review on the Art of Collecting According to the Children’s Point of View
Marciej Wroblewski | All the Books of a Little World: Education Through Creative Imitation
Liz West | In and Out of Doors: A Compendium of Sage Advice

E: Historical Toys
Susan Bailes | Fashioning Dolls: Different Treatments and Attitudes Revealed in Children’s Texts
Karen Williams | “Valued Treasures”: Toy Theatres as Craft and Hobby in the Early Nineteenth Century
Melanie Keene | How I Made a Noah’s Ark: Juvenile Periodicals and Homemade Toys in Victorian Britain

F: Practical Crafting
Lisa Boggis-Boyce | Designed by Men, Made by Women: An Exploration of the Gender Dynamic in the Genesis and Production on Pop-Up Books and it’s Effect on the Canon
(delegates will be encouraged to try out paper cutting)

2.45- 3.15 Refreshment Break

3.15-3.35 IBBY briefing and NCRCL news

3.35-4.20 Plenary
Kim Reynolds (Professor of Children’s Literature, Newcastle University) | Political Projects: Hobbies and Youth Activism in Mid-Twentieth Century Britain

Nick Tucker (University of Sussex, retired) | Messing About in Boats; Mostly Maritime Hobbies Suggested by the Boys Own Paper 1930-1939

4.20-5.15 Plenary
Jemma Westing (Book Designer) | Make-ing it count: The Value of Making in Play and Publishing’

More information on the parallel sessions available under “More Info” here!

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