After months of preparation and hard work, Children’s Books Ireland’s 2019 annual international conference ‘Belonging’ has now come and gone and we firmly believe it was a great success! From the get-go things were off to a roaring start, with Kwame Alexander, the American verse novelist earning himself a standing ovation with his moving and inspiring talk about his .
Daisy Hirst, illustrator and author, is coming to Belonging, Children’s Books Ireland’s conference, this September. Daisy, a graduate of the MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art and a BA in English and Creative Writing from Warwick, and the creator of books like Alphonse, That is Not ok to do, Alphonse, There’s Mud on the Ceiling, .
Waterford’s The Lit and their young writers, are coming to Children’s Books Ireland’s Festival Belonging this September to share their work with us. An annual festival, now on their third year, dedicated to providing new voices a place to share their love of reading and writing, The Lit is a fantastic event. Started by a group of 14-19 year .
Mary Murphy, children’s book author and illustrator, is coming to Children’s Books Ireland’s conference, Belonging, this September! Having written and illustrated around 40 books, Mary has decades of experience to share and is sure to have some amazing things to say. The creator of books such as Good Night Like This and Happy! A First Book of Feelings, Mary .
Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of The Lie Tree and Cuckoo Song, is coming to Children’s Books Ireland’s conference, Belonging, this September. Frances has a talent for creating unique worlds, and spinning complex tales that twist and turn in unpredictable ways. In her own words, “I like to play with readers’ expectations and assumptions about characters, about plot, about .
Jarvis, the award-winning creator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, is coming to Children’s Books Ireland’s conference, Belonging, this September. Jarvis has shown himself to be an immensely talented illustrator and author, dedicated to creating bizarre and fun stories that are perfect for getting young children engaged with reading. From Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth (for which he won 2017 V&A .
Children’s Books Ireland can’t wait for our Coven of YA witches Panel at our conference, Belonging, this September. Deirdre Sullivan, Sarah Maria Griffin, and Moïra Fowley-Doyle will be joined in conversation by Mairi Kidd to share their thoughts on feminist novels, rooted in witch craft and Irish history, and why they seem more potent than ever. Deirdre Sullivan is .
Dean Atta, the verse novelist of The Black Flamingo, is coming to Children’s Books Ireland’s Conference, Belonging, this September, to lend his voice to our #WeAreThePoets panel. This British poet has shown himself to have a unique and talented style, that utilises the power of verse to give a voice to those that find themselves marginalized and silenced. His .
Meg Grehan, winner of the Eilís Dillon award from Children’s Books Ireland, is coming to our Conference, Belonging, this year, to speak on our #WeAreThePoets panel. A wonderful new voice on the Irish literary scene, Meg’s work focuses on people and issues that are often left on the side-lines. Her debut novel, the Space Between, in the words of .
Brian Conaghan, the multi-award winning Scottish author, is coming to Children’s Books Ireland’s Conference, Belonging, this year, to speak on our #WeAreThePoets panel. No stranger to disappointment, having received 217 rejection letters over the years, Brian is a perfect example of how perseverance and dedication can pay off. Not only has he gone on to be published, but he .
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