2015 IBBY/NCRCL Conference: Parallel Session Biographies

Parallel Session Speaker Biographies


Session A

Katie Forrester: An Illustrator’s Recipe Book: Approaches to illustrating picturebooks that reflect an intercultural society.

Biography: I am a third year PhD candidate at Edinburgh College of Art in the field of design. My research interests concern the practice of illustration for picturebooks: specifically: the methodology of collecting images and ephemera to form a bank of data that is processed to construct illustration work for children’s books. I aim to develop a methodological “toolkit” for making illustration that is representative of intercultural societies that children in the UK are growing up in and comprehending. These approaches are designed for practicing illustrators to use as a framework for their own artwork to help ensure cultural inclusivity.

Laura Little: Using geometric shapes to represent characters in a picturebook: a practice-based exploration

Biography: Dr Laura Little is a lecturer in Publishing at Bath Spa University. She holds a practice-based PhD in children’s picturebook illustration, which explores the relationship between artists’ books and children’s picturebooks. She is a practicing book artist and illustrator. Her artist’s books have been acquired by collections including the Tate, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Scotland and the BALTIC Archive.


Session B

Siwan Rosser: “Do we really need Dahl in Welsh?”

Siwan Rosser lectures on Welsh literature at the School of Welsh, Cardiff University. She specialises in children’s literature and has published on Welsh children’s poetry, nationhood and identity. She is a co-founder of the annual bilingual Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival and organises its associated programme of lectures. Siwan also leads a European network on minority-language children’s literature. She tweets about Welsh language and culture at @SiwanRosser.

Claudia Alborghetti:“Rewriting and translating the story of Iqbal Masih through fiction and pictures in the 21st century from Italian to English and English to Italian”

Claudia Alborghetti is a Ph.D. student, now at the end of her third and final year, at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy. Her research focuses on Gianni Rodari’s writings in English translation from 1965 to 2011, with special attention on the voice of the translator. She has presented on various subjects in Gianni Rodari’s stories at national and international venues, including the 2015 Children’s Literature Conference in the US in a dedicated panel about Rodari.

Alice Curry: “‘Like God ran out of the right colour’: Diversity in Children’s Book Production”

Alice Curry is a director of Lantana Publishing, an independent publishing house founded in 2014 to champion cultural diversity in children’s publishing (www.lantanapublishing.com). Following her PhD in Children’s Literature, Alice has been a children’s publishing consultant to various international organisations including the Commonwealth Education Trust, UK, and Lift Education, New Zealand, and has published widely on global children’s literature. Her doctorate, Environmental Crisis in Young Adult Fiction, was published in the ‘Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature’ series by Palgrave Macmillan.


Session C

Group Presentation on a Creative Community Project: ‘The Ryde Mennyms’ – Judy Digby, Jo Dodd, Hannah George, Teresa Grimaldi, and Carol Jaye.

Carol Jaye was born in the Isle of Wight. After studying at Farnham School of Art she worked as a production potter and teacher in Richmond on Thames.  She returned to the island as resident potter at the Quay Arts Centre.  Carol has exhibited in the UK and Europe.  She is co-founder of Quay Crafts (an independent group of professional makers). She has been a visiting artist in local schools and has taught at the Isle of Wight College, in the island’s prisons, in Mental Health Community Resource Centres and for the NHS, including involvement in a research project in the Stroke Unit. She has served as trustee of Quay Arts, the Ryde Development Trust and Making Space, Leigh Park, Hampshire.  For several years she has been Chair of Ryde Arts Festival.

Hannah George has worked in Community Arts and Arts Management for over 15 years. She has a fine art degree and MA in Arts Management and has worked in various roles including as a local authority Arts Officer and as Arts Coordinator for an environmental charity. She is now a self-employed artist and undertakes commissions and is part of arts collective Eccleston George based on the Isle of Wight. Her ‘Under Cover’ newsletter was an integral part of the Ryde Mennyms project.

Teresa Grimaldi is a Visual Artist and Senior Atelierista at Reflections Nursery in Worthing.  Teresa’s workshop practice is especially focused on the early years, where she has found an affinity with the creativity of this age range, which sits nicely with her own spontaneity and interest in the story.  A key element of her practice involves continuing action research into creativity and the under 5s with particular reference to the Reggio Emilia approach to children’s learning.  She also collaborates with her sister Catherine, a children’s book illustrator.  As The Sisters Grim  they bring Catherine’s books to life through interactive children’s installations that help to facilitate the Child’s Voice to create their own new stories through immersive play experiences and stimulus. www.teresagrimaldi.co.uk

Judy Digby is currently studying for a Masters in Children’s Literature at the NCRCL at Roehampton.  She has worked as a primary school teacher and as a local authority Teaching Consultant for Elective Home Education.  She has a Masters in Education from the Open University and a special interest in reading difficulties. She has run a Creative Learning Centre for home educators and has devised and delivered arts-based courses for young people on the island and at Baha’i Arts Academies.  She was attracted to the Ryde Mennyms project because it combined her love of working with textiles with her admiration for the Mennyms books and she was curious about whether creative crafting and storying in the community could come together and create something new.

Jo Dodd has been the Supervisor of Ryde Library, Isle of Wight for over five years.  Before moving to the island she was manager of the mobile library service in West Berkshire .  She has in one way or other always been involved with schools ( through her children ) and libraries, as part of her daily life.


Session D

Yan Zheng: Story Apps and the Touch-Screen: Challenges and Opportunities for 21st Century Storytelling

Biography: Yan Zheng is a PhD student in the University of Glasgow. Her research interests are picturebooks, digital narrative, story apps and cybertext theory. Previously she studied children’s literature at the University of Cambridge and obtained an MPhil degree. While doing research on story apps, she also worked with French publisher Audois & Alleuil Editions and was involved in the production of the story app, The Great Ghost Chase. She now tests story apps for Nosy Crow, an English children’s book publisher.
Kerenza Ghosh: Children and Teachers’ Experiences of Book Making and Authorship

Biography: Kerenza Ghosh is a Senior Lecturer in English Education at the University of Roehampton. Formally a primary school teacher and English Coordinator, she convenes two English Specialism modules on the Primary Initial Teacher Education Degree. Kerenza has presented research papers at conferences within the UK, and her most recent publication is ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?: Responses to the Portrayal of Wolves in Picturebooks’ (in Evans, J. (ed.) (2015) Challenging and Controversial Picturebooks: Creative and Critical Responses to Visual Texts, London: Routledge). Her ongoing research interests include polysemy within picturebooks and reader response with children.


Session E

Sarah Lawrance: Drawn from the Archive – hidden histories of illustration.

Biography: Sarah Lawrance is the Collection and Exhibitions Director at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books (www.sevenstories.org.uk), where she has played a key role in developing the Centre’s unique collection of manuscripts, artwork, related archival materials, and books. Sarah read Classics at Oxford, followed by Art Gallery and Museum Studies at Manchester University.  She has worked in the museum and heritage sector since 1990 and is an Associate of the Museums Association. Sarah joined Seven Stories in 2003 and is now part of the organisation’s senior management team. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Children’s Literature from Roehampton University and is the author of ‘Drawn from the Archive – Hidden Histories of Illustration’, published by Seven Stories (Oct 2015) in association with Walker Books.

Franziska E. Kohlt: Illustrating Alice, Then and Now: Victorian Visual Culture and the Politics of Modern Children’s Book Illustration & Adaptation

Biography: Franziska Kohlt is a tutor and doctoral candidate in English Literature & History of Science at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the representations of visions experienced in alternative states of consciousness in Victorian science and fantastic literature, particularly in the works of Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald, Charles Kingsley and H.G. Wells. She has published articles on Lewis Carroll and Victorian Psychiatric Practise and Time Travel and Near-Death Experiences in Charles Dickens, and her wider research interests cover children’s literature, illustration and the history of photography, medicine and psychology.


Session F

Karenanne Knight: The Picture Book Maker and the Polymath Principle

Karenanne Knight is the author of The Picture Book Maker: The Art of the Picture Book Writer and Illustrator, published by Trentham Books/IOE Press in 2014. She divides her time between her academic work at Falmouth University; writing, Illustrating and designing children’s, adult and academic books for a variety of publishers; design and logo/branding work for festivals, commercial and corporate clients, and completing residences and collaborations with clientele such as the British Army; Truro Cathedral; The Royal Ballet; First Great Western and The Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve and the Houses of Parliament. She exhibits her work nationally and has pieces in collections worldwide.

She is passionate about the quality of Children’s Picture Books and was recently invited to speak and lead a workshop at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. She has been guest speaker at a number of universities, been invited to speak in Australia for a second time and is in the process of writing a chapter on the Picture Book for an edited book about illustration due to be published in 2016.

Nivia de Andrade Lima: The Ironic Use of the Gutter in Postmodern Picturebooks.

Biography: I am a student at the University of Roehampton, enrolled in the MA in Children´s Literature (Distance Learning). My passion for this subject and my interest in further education, in the form of a future PhD, has led me to apply for this MA course offered at the University of Roehampton. Regarding my previous academic work, during my MA in Cultural Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, I came across the field of Children´s Literature, and Professor Rita Ghesquière, in her book Jeugdliteratuur in perspectief (2009), referenced my paper How are the Dutch written children and youth books translated in Brazil (Hoe worden de Nederlandstalige kinder- en jeugdboeken in Brazilië vertaald). I have been working, since 2010, at one of the offices of the Ministry of Culture of Brazil, specifically at IPHAN (Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional), located in Rio de Janeiro, which is responsible for researching, protecting and promoting the tangible and intangible expressions of culture in Brazil, including those related to oral tales and storytelling.