Countdown to NCRCL/IBBY UK 2018 – 6 Days to Go!

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.

Tickets are available here.

Bookings close Tuesday 6th November.

This short blog series will span the next six days, counting down to the 25th Annual Conference. It will be showcasing some of the papers anticipated for this year’s NCRCL/IBBY UK conference. You can expect lots of exciting content from well-known illustrators and craft practitioners, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature world!

Both IBBY and the NCRCL are highly regarded within the field of children’s literature research! This post is dedicated to telling you a little bit about the hosts of this 25th Annual Conference.

National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature, University of Roehampton

NCRCL image

Image by anne malewski, PhD student at NCRCL.

“The NCRCL has been at the vanguard of research in Children’s Literature since its launch in 1995. NCRCL members (based in the Department of English and Creative Writing) work on a range of projects related to children’s literature and the culture of childhood, publishing in such diverse areas of the field as: ethics and metaphysics; adolescent fiction; memories of childhood reading; the Robinsonade; Romantic childhood; print culture; graphic novels; and the literature of food. The NCRCL also supports a large cohort of doctoral students, a number of whom studied on our postgraduate programmes in Children’s Literature, on-site and by distance learning, which have attracted high calibre students since 1993.”

Information via NCRCL

The International Board on Books for Young People

“IBBY is a unique international alliance of everyone interested in children’s literature: academics, librarians, writers, illustrators, publishers, teachers, literacy workers, booksellers, parents and others.


Image via IBBY

Their mission is to:

  • Promote international understanding through children’s books
  • Give children everywhere the opportunity to have access to books with high literary and artistic standards
  • Encourage the publication and distribution of quality children’s books, especially in developing countries
  • Provide support and training for those involved with children and children’s literature
  • Stimulate research and scholarly works in the field of children’s literature
  • Protect and uphold the Rights of the Child according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child”

Information via IBBY


About Emily Corbett

I'm working on my PhD in YA literature with the National Centre of Research in Children's Literature @ Roehampton University. I'm the administrator for the Trans Studies Network UK. I'm co-editing RoundTable academic journal 2019. I'm the editor for the NCRCL's blog. I'm also organising a couple of conferences, teaching a few students and generally keeping my to-do-list longer than my thesis!

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