Conferences

IBBY UK celebrates the coming together of all those involved in children's books: authors and illustrators, academics, librarians, teachers and publishers. Our main event is the IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference held in the autumn each year.

IBBY UK/NCRCL Annual Conference
IBBY UK and the NCRCL (National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, at Roehampton University) organise a one-day conference in November each year. These conferences are open to all. 2018 will be the 25th annual conference.

25th Annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference
Saturday 10th November 2018
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton
Crafts and Hobbies in Children's Books

This year’s conference explores the significance of crafts and hobbies as theme, practice, motif, educational tool and generational bridge. We will be thinking about the historical shifts in the role and significance of these activities in childhood experience as depicted in a wide range of texts. We will examine the role of crafting and hobbies in children’s fiction and in picture books; think about the role of books in craft and hobby activities; and consider the craft dimensions of books as material objects, looking at the use of collage and textile as illustrative components, at paper-cutting and pop-up books, and at books that are themselves craft or hobby objects. The conference will include keynote presentations by well-known illustrators and craft practitioners, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature world.

Book your place here! 

Conference Programme

9.30 Welcome Tea and Coffee and Registration

9.45 – 10.45 Plenary
Dr Jane Carroll (Ussher Assistant Professor in Children’s Literature, Trinity College Dublin), A Stitch in Time: The Craft of Wasting Time in Children’s Books

10.45 – 11.15 Refreshments

11.15 – 12.30 Parallel Sessions

A: Creative Practice and Theory and Crafts
Ann Malaspina, Knitting for Peace and Understanding
Anita Radini, Narrating Ancient Crafts to Children: Perspectives from an Archaeologist
Siddharth Pandey, The Hand, the Head, and the Hearing of Things: A Brief Look into Fantasy’s ‘Aesthetic of Making’

B: Historical Making
Siwan Rosser, Crafting New Talent in Victorian Children’s Periodicals
Angela Sparks, Crafting Traditions in Native American Children’s Books
Ellie Reed, “A Friendly Penguin in Double Knitting” – Knitting for Children in Woman’s Weekly, 1958

C: Hobbies
Mark Carter, Drawing Drawings in Picturebooks
Lesley Smith, Jennings and the Dangers in Stamp Collecting
Pat Pinsent, Patchwork in Lucy Boston’s The Chimneys of Green Knowe (1958): Structure and Metonymy

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 2.45 Parallel Sessions

D: Archival and Museum Research
Claudia Pazzini, Art and Collection in Children’s Modern Picture Books. A Review on the Art of Collecting According to the Children’s Point of View
Marciej Wroblewski, All the Books of a Little World: Education Through Creative Imitation
Liz West, In and Out of Doors: A Compendium of Sage Advice

E: Historical Toys
Susan Bailes, Fashioning Dolls: Different Treatments and Attitudes Revealed in Children’s Texts
Karen Williams, “Valued Treasures”: Toy Theatres as Craft and Hobby in the Early Nineteenth Century
Melanie Keene, How I Made a Noah’s Ark: Juvenile Periodicals and Homemade Toys in Victorian Britain

F: Practical Crafting
Lisa Boggis-Boyce, Designed by Men, Made by Women: An Exploration of the Gender Dynamic in the Genesis and Production on Pop-Up Books and its Effect on the Canon
(delegates will be encouraged to try out paper cutting)

2.45- 3.15 Refreshment Break

3.15-3.35 IBBY briefing and NCRCL news

3.35-4.20 Plenary
Kim Reynolds (Professor of Children’s Literature, Newcastle University), Political Projects: Hobbies and Youth Activism in Mid-Twentieth Century Britain
Nick Tucker (University of Sussex, retired), Messing About in Boats; Mostly Maritime Hobbies Suggested by the Boys Own Paper 1930-1939

4.20-5.15 Plenary
Jemma Westing (Book Designer), Make-ing it count: The Value of Making in Play and Publishing

* More information on the parallel sessions available under “More Info” here!

Past Conferences

2017

The theme of the 2017 conference was 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 included keynote presentations by writers, publishers and academics. Themes explored were:

  • 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 was Professor Vanessa Joosen, University of Antwerp.

Information on other past conferences will be uploaded to the website soon; please bear with us!

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