Inis magazine: issue 50, April 2017

Inis is the magazine of Children's Books Ireland. Within these pages you will find features and articles on Irish and international children's books as well as in-depth reviews of new titles for children and teenagers. With its range of expert contributors, this is a key resource for teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians, parents/guardians and everyone interested in children's books.

"As Children’s Books Ireland celebrates twenty years, and Inis celebrates its fiftieth issue, we are looking not only at the history of our organisation but at the broader evolution of children’s literature over the past two decades. While we talk about the publishing industry and the literature sector, we find ourselves referring to the children’s book community."

In this edition:

  • Cover image with thanks to Kieran Nolan at, Conor & David at and Fintan Wall at
  • Picturing Robert: Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch remembers Robert Dunbar
  • Reading by stealth: Sarah Odedina traces the tradition of magazines for children
  • Man in the middle: Kim Harte sits down with Conor Hackett
  • Rewarding excellence: Dr Patricia Kennon discusses what makes a book 'excellent'
  • Drawing on the past and picturing the future: Margaret Anne Suggs on 20 years of illustration in Ireland
  • A chance in life: Mairi Kidd and Micky Flynn discuss a special title and how it came to be
  • We Come Together: Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan in conversation with Gráinne Clear
  • 'Hey mister, I thought all poets were dead!': We look at forty years of the Writers in Schools scheme
  • A golden age/Ré órga: an overview of children’s publishing in Ireland/ léargas ginearálta ar fhoilsitheoireacht do pháistí in Éirinn
  • Reeling in the years: fifty issues, fifty covers
  • Caillte i mo chloigeann: buaileann an t-údar Patricia Forde le Gaeilgeoirí óga i nGaillimh
  • Our patrons: a special announcement celebrating twenty years of Children's Books Ireland
  • Movement and Migration: The Annual Children’s Books Ireland International Conference
  • Reviews/léirmheasanna