IBBY UK celebrates the coming together of practioners in reading promotion across the world. Our main events are the biennial IBBY International Congress and our own IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference which is held every year at The University of Roehampton.

IBBY UK/NCRCL Annual Conference
IBBY UK organises a one-day MA conference in November each year. These conferences have been held every year at the University of Roehampton, in conjunction with Roehampton’s National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) MA course. In 2017 we are instead holding a smaller IBBY UK conference at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).

Our next will be held on Saturday 11th November 2017 at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, 44 Webber Street, London SE1 8QW.

The theme is Happily Ever After: The Evolution of Fairy Tales Across Time and Cultures.

  • The same fairy tales often appear across different cultures. How and why does this happen?
  • Should fairy tales be updated – or even subverted – to appeal to modern audiences?
  • How have fairy tales evolved as they’ve been retold across the centuries?

The conference will include keynote presentations by writers, publishers and academics. The call for papers are now closed. Themes explored include:

  • variations in fairy tales across cultures
  • campfires to apps – how fairy tales have been shared across time
  • how fairy tales are viewed through a feminist lens
  • whether fairy tales are inclusive for readers of all backgrounds
  • the challenges that modern tellers of fairy tales face
  • how fairy tales can challenge established storytelling tropes
  • how to make an old story feel new

Our keynote speaker is Professor Vanessa Joosen, University of Antwerp. Other speakers will be announced soon.

Past Conferences

Read more about our past conferences and download papers for selected sessions.

About IBBY

The International Board on Books for Young People is a unique international alliance of everyone interested in children’s literature: academics, librarians, writers, illustrators, publishers, teachers, literacy workers, booksellers, parents and others.

Registered Office: 71 Addiscombe Court Road, Croydon, CR0 6TT
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