Children’s Books Ireland International Conference 2020 – Cancelled

We are sorry to announce that we have taken the decision to cancel the Children’s Books Ireland International Conference 2020. With the current restrictions in place, little information about future international travel restrictions and social distancing measures likely to continue for some time, planning the event and running it safely and successfully is not feasible.

We understand that the news will be disappointing for our members and supporters who attend the conference every year, as it is for us. We will not be running a digital conference in this instance but we remain committed to providing support for our sector and our community of practice in other ways throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming back our speakers and attendees in 2021, and would like to thank our supporters, including the artists and publishers who make the conference possible, our attendees, the Light House Cinema for hosting the event and the Gutter Bookshop, our conference bookseller, which is open for business online and offering a click and collect or delivery service. 

The Children’s Books Ireland International Conference is an event that provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the impact, imagination and importance of books for young people. Inviting Irish and international speakers and welcoming a broad spectrum of attendees, the International Conference provides a space for anyone with an interest in and passion for children’s and young adults’ books to become energized, excited and inspired. 

During the Covid-19 crisis, Children’s Books Ireland has been working hard to provide that inspiration to families through a number of new or reimagined initiatives:

ImagineNation with An Post,

Share a Story with Family Friendly HQ,

The Any-Book Book Club with Smurfit Kappa Foundation

Small Print, supported by Creative Ireland through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

The KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards were celebrated online this year, with the KPMG Reading Hero Award celebrating the potential of Ireland’s young readers