2014 IBBY/NCRCL Conference: ‘Belonging is…’

We are pleased to announce that the bookings are now open for the 21st Annual IBBY/NCRCL MA Conference, which will take place at Froebel College, University of Roehampton on Saturday 8 November 2014. The conference theme is

‘Belonging is… an exploration of the right to be included and the barriers that must be overcome’

This year there is an exciting line-up of speakers including:

Ros Asquith Children’s book author and illustrator, and cartoonist. She illustrated The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman, which depicts a diverse range of families, and has followed this with The Great Big Book of Feelings.

Sarah Garland Creator of many picture books. Azzi In Between won the inaugural Little Rebels Children’s Book Award in 2013 and is IBBY UK’s nomination for illustration to the international IBBY Honour List 2014.

Candy Gourlay Children’s writer, photographer and filmmaker, originally from the Philippines. Her novels Tall Story and Shine have both won the Crystal Kite Award, given by the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Mary Hoffman Writer of over 90 books for children and teenagers. They include the picture-book series that began with Amazing GraceThe Colour of Home, the two books with Ros Asquith, mentioned above, and the Stravaganza series of fantasy novels.

Julia Hope Lecturer in Children’s Literature on the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Primary programme and the MA in Culture, Language and Identity at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her specialisms are controversy in children’s literature, the education of refugee children and family learning.

Anna McQuinn Writer, publisher and campaigner for diversity in children’s books. At Alanna Books she has published several picture books including stories about Lulu and her family, beginning with Lulu Loves the Library. These are based on her experiences working with Surestart groups in London libraries.

Beverley Naidoo grew up in South Africa under apartheid. After leaving university in Johannesburg she was detained without trial and later went into exile in Britain where she studied at the University of York, worked as a teacher, education adviser and writer. She received her PhD from the University of Southampton for research into white teenagers’ responses to literature and racism. Her first children’s book, Journey to Jo’burg, was banned in South Africa until 1991. She has won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal for The Other Side of Truth.

Richard O’Neill Professional storyteller and writer who works in schools, museums and libraries. Having learned from the very best traditional Romany and North Country storytellers, Richard O’Neill blends the old and new, producing and telling unique, exciting and original stories, workshops, books, and plays for adults and children of all ages and key stages.

Alex Strick Co-founder of Inclusive Minds, which campaigns for inclusion, diversity, equality and accessibility in children’s literature, and of Outside In World, which promotes and explores world literature and children’s books in translation. Co-writer with Sean Stockdale of Max the Champion, illustrated by Ros Asquith


Check out our parallel sessions here

Book your place here

If you have any problems with your booking, please do not hesitate to contact Lucy Parsons by email on l.parsons@roehampton.ac.uk or by calling 020 8392 3698.

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