CBI Are So Excited To Have Meg Grehan Speaking At Our Conference This Year!

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 CBI’s judges, “offers an honest and tender chronicle of new love between two young women and explores the complexities of sustaining mental health in contemporary society.”

Her work reflects her belief that “stories give us things to aspire to, they show us what our lives could be like.” She continues her trend of combatting the negative effect that stereotypes and invisibility within literature can have on marginalised individuals through her new novel The Deepest Breath, which tells the story of an eleven year old girl dealing with her sexuality and looking for herself in the books she reads. Her books truly offer young readers that often struggle to find themselves in the stories they read a place to belong.

Children’s Books Ireland are thrilled to hear what she has to say on the role of poetry in young adult literature as a medium for expressing complex emotions and stories in verse, and the impact that it can have on and off the page. Make sure you don’t miss Meg’s conversation with Brian Conaghan and Dean Atta, led by Máire Zepf, Irish Language Poet and Author of books such as Tubaiste ar an Titanic and Nóinín.

For a full list of speakers, check out our conference flyer!

Book your tickets for the conference, on the 21st and 22nd of September, now!

Reference Sources:

Littleisland.ie

Meg Grehan, ‘If you grow up any letter of LGBTQIA+ you’re mostly stuck with sad endings’ – Opinion piece for theJournal.ie

https://www.creativescotland.com/who-we-are/our-people/specialism-leads/mairi-kidd

About Elaine Smyth

Children's Books Ireland Summer Intern 2019, and Masters student of Children's Literature at Trinity College Dublin.