Speakers Announced for 22nd IBBY UK/NCRCL MA Conference

Steering the Craft: 

Navigating the process of creating children’s books in the 21st century

Saturday 14th November 2015

Froebel College, University of Roehampton

Ursula Le Guin provides the title for the 22nd annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference, a writer and thinker who has contributed a great deal to discourse surrounding the craft of writing. This year’s conference starts with the concerns of Le Guin’s Steering The Craft (1998), considering the role of writers in book production, and moves beyond this to explore the wider processes involved in creating books for young people. Developments in digital technology and social media, along with the shifting economic climate, have transformed the landscape of book production in recent years and this conference seeks to consider the implications of these changes for children’s books. We invite delegates and contributors to think about book production in the widest sense, taking in the various role of: authors; illustrators; translators; editors; designers; printers, agents; publishing houses/marketing teams; book reviewers; booksellers; curriculum design….and so on.

The conference will include a range of exciting parallel talks, plus keynote presentations from well-known writers, publishers, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature domain – we are delighted to confirm the following speakers:

  • Julie Eccleshare
  • Dianne Hofmeyr and Jane Ray
  • Nicky Singer
  • Clémentine Beauvais
  • Daniel Hahn
  • Publishing industry panel:
    • Anna McQuinn (Alanna Books)
    • David Maybury (Scholastic)
    • Barry Cunningham (Chicken House)
  • Melvin Burgess

The full programme will be available in September 2015 when we will also open for bookings – this event is likely to be very popular, so we advise you to book your place early. Check back here on the NCRCL blog for updates or follow us on Facebook or Twitter!

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Reminder: CFP IBBY/NCRCL Conference 2015

A brief reminder that the deadline for the call for papers  for the 22nd annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference is fast approaching! The deadline for proposals is Wednesday 24th June 2015. The conference will be held on Saturday 14th November 2015 at Froebel College, University of Roehampton. The title for this year’s conference is: Steering the Craft: navigating the process of creating children’s books in the 21st century. More details are available on the blog and proposals are welcomed from interested academics, authors, illustrators, publishers etc. in any of these areas. Please email a 200-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper), along with a short biography and affiliation to: Julia.Noyce@roehampton.ac.uk.

Deadline Extended: Tuesday 7th July 2015.

Call for Papers: NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference 2015

 

22nd annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference 

Saturday 14th November 2015

Froebel College, University of Roehampton

Steering the Craft: navigating the process of creating children’s books in the 21st century

Ursula Le Guin provides the title for the 22nd annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference, a writer and thinker who has contributed a great deal to discourse surrounding the craft of writing. This year’s conference starts with the concerns of Le Guin’s Steering The Craft (1998), considering the role of writers in book production, and moves beyond this to explore the wider processes involved in creating books for young people. Developments in digital technology and social media, along with the shifting economic climate, have transformed the landscape of book production in recent years and this conference seeks to consider the implications of these changes for children’s books. We invite delegates and contributors to think about book production in the widest sense, taking in the various role of: authors; illustrators; translators; editors; designers; printers, agents; publishing houses/marketing teams; book reviewers; booksellers; curriculum design….and so on.

The conference will include keynote presentations by well-known writers, publishers, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature domain. Proposals are welcomed for workshop sessions (20 minutes) on the following or other areas related to the production of international children’s literature in the 21st century:

  • the translation of children’s books
  • book reviewing in newspapers/blogs/schools etc.
  • author/editor relationships
  • innovative/experimental fiction and its place in children’s literature
  • the role of independent booksellers and publishing presses
  • the author/illustrator’s routine and process
  • the art of publishing a picture book
  • pop-up books and paper engineering
  • history of book publishing – placing the current landscape in context
  • socio-cultural differences in book publishing
  • poetry – on the page and in performance
  • e-books, apps and digital platforms
  • book-binding, manuscript illumination, printing techniques, typography – crafts/trades associated with book production
  • academic perspectives – theoretical/critical discourse and its impact on book production
  • self-publishing
  • children’s writers in higher education

We welcome contributions from interested academics, authors, illustrators, publishers etc. in any of these areas.

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday 24th June 2015. Please email a 200-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper), along with a short biography and affiliation to: Julia.Noyce@roehampton.ac.uk.