The CBI conference takes place annually in September and is a highlight in our calendar, although ‘conference’ implies a kind of formal atmosphere that doesn’t do justice to the vibrancy of this event.
The 2017 conference took place at Light House Cinema on 23rd and 24th September. This lineup included Lucy Adlington, Cecelia Ahern, Amanda Bell, Rob Biddulph, John Boyne, Anna Carey, Sarah Carroll, Joseph Coelho, Orlagh Collins, Lucy Cousins, Sadhbh Devlin, Kate DiCamillo, Helena Duggan, Sally Gardner, Debi Gliori, Meg Grehan, Shane Hegarty, Chris Judge, John Kane, Jane Landy, James Mayhew, Sinéad O’Hart and Mary Watson.
The Children’s Books Ireland international conference is a weekend-long celebration of the very best in children’s books. This annual event is a unique opportunity to critically reflect on the impact, imagination and importance of books for young people. Anyone with an interest in and a passion for children’s books is welcome to attend and participate in what is always an outward-looking, lively and thought-provoking event.
We invite speakers from Ireland and around the world to energise, excite, inform and inspire our delegates. Past guests have included picturebook creators Shaun Tan, Jon Klassen, Hervé Tullet and Oliver Jeffers, authors Patrick Ness, Kate di Camillo, Louise O’Neill and David Almond, and former UK Laureate Michael Rosen.
The conference also includes the presentation of the annual CBI award. This award is made to an individual or organisation in recognition of an outstanding contribution to children’s books. The recipient is nominated by the members of Children’s Books Ireland in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the reading lives of children in Ireland. In 2016 this award was given to Associate professor and educator Amanda Piesse. Previous recipients of this award include: author and Dun Laoghaire Writer in Residence Sarah Webb, Jane O’Hanlon of Poetry Ireland, author, former Laureate na nÓg and publisher Siobhán Parkinson, children’s books journalist and enthusiast Robert Dunbar, retired teacher Irene Barber, Fighting Words, retired teacher Liz Morris, publisher and author Colmán Ó’Raghallaigh and retired librarian Rosemary Hetherington.