Conference Schedule

Timetable for 21st IBBY/NCRCL Conference

‘Belonging is…’

November 8th 2014

Join us in Grove House, Froebel College at the University of Roehampton for a day of talks, panels, stories and discussions about belonging in children’s literature and culture.

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome

9.35 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.

10.10 Storyteller 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.

10.30 Comfort break

10.50 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

11.20 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.

11.50 Storyteller Richard O’Neill

12.00 Report on the 34th IBBY International Congress, Mexico City, 10-13 September 2014.

12.50 IBBY/NCRCL news

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Parallel sessions

 Click here for a list of parallel sessions and here for more details about the speakers

15.10 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.

15.40 Storyteller Richard O’Neill

15.50 Tea

16.20 Panel with writers and illustrators Mary Hoffman, Ros Asquith, and Sarah Garland

17.00 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.

17.30 Finish




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





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