2012 IBBY/NCRCL Conference: Beyond the Book

The 2012 IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference took place on 10 November 2012. You can find the full programme below. Watch this space for the 2013 programme when it is released.
Follow Twitter conversation from the day at #IBBY12



University of Roehampton, London
on the theme of ‘Beyond the Book’

Now, more than ever, people are debating what constitutes a book. With the development of ebooks, apps, self-publishing and fan fiction ­– as well as the popularity of book adaptations to film, TV, stage and other venues – book boundaries are extended and broken all the time.

Our exciting programme included children’s book historian Matthew Grenby; innovative publishers Nosy CrowWinged Chariot, and Hot Key Books on digital developments; award-winning author Sita Brahmachari; school librarian Kay Waddilove talking to young book reviewers; national children’s dramatist David Wood; Pop Up director Dylan Calder speaking with author Candy Gourlay, and author/illustrators James Mayhew and Karin Littlewood; and Jim Kay, Greenaway Award-winning illustrator.

The day also featured a range of stimulating parallel sessions on themes such as performance and adaptation, online writing communities, merchandising and the book as material object, new forms of publishing, and more…


9.30 Registration and coffee

10.00 Welcome and NCRCL news from Lisa Sainsbury (NCRCL Director, University of Roehampton)

10:10 ‘Before the Book? Manuscript, Household Reading, and the Origins of Children’s Literature’ Professor Matthew Grenby (University of Newcastle)

11:00 ‘Digital Developments: Panel on Book Apps and Digital Publishing’ Kate Wilson (Nosy Crow), Neal Hoskins (Winged Chariot), and Sara O’Connor (Hot Key Books), moderated by Laura Atkins (NCRCL, University of Roehampton)

11:45 ‘Charting the Journey of a Circus-Theatre Collaboration Inspired by Shaun Tan’s Arrival’ Co- Created by Sita Brahmachari (author, Artichoke Hearts, and speaker on the day) and Kristine Landon-Smith for Tamasha Theatre Company

12:15 IBBY and 2012 World Congress news

12:30 Lunch

1:45 Parallel workshops (see below, and conference booking website for full abstracts)

2:45 ‘Eight Books is Never Enough: Carnegie and Giving the Readers a Voice’Kay Waddilove (school librarian) with young book reviewer Emilia Lamkin (age 12)

3:15 Tea

3:45 “Lots of Suddenlies….” David Wood (‘the national children’s dramatist’)

4:30 ‘Creating the Pop Up Experience: Authors as Curators’ Pop Up Festival and Schools Programme – Dylan Calder with author Candy Gourlay (Tall Story), and author/illustrators James Mayhew (Katie books) and Karin Littlewood (Immi).

5:15 Jim Kay, illustrator of the Greenaway and Carnegie Award-winning book, A Monster Calls.

Parallel Workshops/Sessions

Workshop A

  • Michelle Ann Abate. The Big Smallness: Niche Market Picture Books and the New Children’s Literature
  • Gwen Athene Tarbox. Just a Figment? Online Participatory Writing Communities and the Future of the YA Novel

Workshop B

  • Mieke K.T. Desmet. SMELL THE COFFEE Miffy, Peter Rabbit, Paddington Bear and Co Sell Coffee and More
  • Kiera Vaclavik. The Dress of the Book: Children’s Literature, Fashion and Fancy Dress

Workshop C

  • Ciara Gallagher. Virtual Worlds and New Literary Interactions in Salman Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life
  • Maaike Palmier-Claus. The Blank Page: The Writing Process and the Creative Dissertation

Workshop D

  • Hannah Field. Children’s Movable and the Threat of the Mechanical Book
  • Carey Gibbons. Reimagining the Form of the Book: Su Blackwell’s Book Sculptures

Workshop E

  • Kerenza Ghosh. Walking with Wolves: Children’s Responses to the Wolf Tradition in Stories
  • Sally Maynard. The Impact of E-Books on Young Children’s Reading Habits

Workshop F

  • Erica Berry Irving. Beyond the ‘grown up child’: the quality of childness in Matilda: The Musical
  • Anne Malewski. Second to the Right & Straight on till Gallifrey: The Uses of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who

Workshop G

  • Kirsty Jenkins. Enhancing the Experience: Rekindling and Renewing Forgotten Texts
  • Lucy Pearson. What’s the problem? Building teenage publishing in Britain

Workshop H

  • Marta Borges and Sandie Mourão. Planeta Tangerina: an editorial concept that pushes boundaries
  • Dominique Sandis. Greek Children’s Literature in the Digital Age: An overview

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