16/03/2012 by David Maybury · No Comments
The Children's Books Ireland Conference 2012 line up has been announced. It's not-be-missed element in the Irish calendar, offering a chance to see familiar faces, meet new ones and the perfect place to dip your toe into the world of Irish Children's Books. CBI's programme officer, Aoife Murray, talks about what makes this years conference something that bit different.
This years programme celebrates Irish authors and illustrators - are we in the midst of a golden-age in Irish children's books?
I think Irish authors, illustrators and publishers know they have just as much right as their British or American counterparts to be stocked on bookshelves nationwide and worldwide. Also Ireland remains a nation of storytellers- the best way of fostering this is to pass stories onto children. Its fabulous to see the wide range of titles being published every year, especially in these gloomy times. This is something we’ve tried to capture in this year’s programme, including everything from picture book creators Mary Murphy and Chris Judge to Irish language work from Eilis ni Dhuibhe, and teen and YA authors Geraldine Meade and Peadar O’ Guilín.
That said… you have Caldecott winner Ed Emberley and his talented family as well as Jutta Bauer and Alexis Deacon speaking!
Yes, and very exciting it is too! Rebecca and Ed Emberly are joining us from the US, with Michael Emberly and his wife, the award winning Marie Louise Fitzpatrick making up the panel. As far we’re aware this is the first time the extended family will be featured speaking together so its definitely not one to miss. For many people Ed’s book demystified the art of drawing so they’ll be excited to see the man in the flesh! Another award winner Alexis Deacon, who’s work from Beegu we’ve featured on the conference flyer is joining us. His work is just so unique and interesting, it offers a new perspective on the world. Juta Bauer from Germany, a Hans Christan Andersen award winner is someone who’s original background is in animation, so I’m looking forward to finding out more about how she manages working in both the still and moving image.
I can come clean and admit that I'm most looking forward to the What's the Story? session and Anna Carey's interview with Judi Curtin - but what is your highlight from the weekend?
Honestly, I can’t choose! I feel this year we have a really varied programme that celebrates so much about children’s literature as well as the work being done to create innovated opportunities for children to engage with books. What I’m looking forward to the most is the opportunity to greet old friends, meet new people and mark the great work being undertaken here and abroad. The conference is an opportunity to get social, learn something new and go away brimming with new ideas!
Booking is now open for this years Conference (19/20 May) - you can download the full programme here.