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

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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?

This year’s IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference will explore these issues as they are reflected in international children’s literature, with a range of plenary speakers and parallel sessions.

Conference programme

9.15-9.45. Registration & coffee

9.45-9.55. Introduction

9.55-10.35. Keynote by Professor Vanessa Joosen, University of Antwerp. ‘Revising fairy tales, revising age? Matching fairy-tale studies with age studies.’

10.35-11.15. Hilary McKay and Deirdre Sullivan talking about their new story collections which revisit fairy tales from fresh viewpoints, chaired by Daniel Hahn

11.15-11.25. Break

11.25-12.45. Parallel sessions. Choice of one of the following three sessions:
Session 1. Jennifer Duffy: ‘Old Stories New’: Tangleweed & Brine’s Feminist Fairytale Retellings and Elizabeth Jacklin: ‘Because you are fond of fairy tales…’ Beatrix Potter and Fairy Tales.
Session 2. Abie Longstaff: ‘Challenges that Modern Tellers of Fairy Tales Face and Kirsten Nott: CGI in Fairy Tales.’
Session 3. Patrick Ryan: ‘Three Jacks and a Queen: Some expressions of Jack Tales in contemporary storytelling’ and Beth Webb: ‘The Ogre’s Wood: Fairy Tales as ‘Family Therapy’ – The importance of adults and children reading fairy stories together.’

12.45-1.45. Lunch. Newham Bookshop will be selling books by the speakers.

1.45-2.00. IBBY/NCRCL news from Pam Dix, Chair of IBBY UK and Lisa Sainsbury, Director of NCRCL

2.00-2.40. Jackie Morris. ‘Border Crossings.’

2.40-3.10. Tea break

3.10-4. Beverley Naidoo author, Jamila Gavin author, Delaram Ghanimifard publisher at Tiny Owl and Sally Pomme Clayton storyteller, chaired by Ann Lazim, CLPE/IBBY UK.

4-4.30. Sally Pomme Clayton will tell us a fairy tale to close the conference.

This is the 24th conference organised by IBBY UK with Roehampton University National Centre for Children’s Literature.


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