The Children’s Books Ireland International Conference is a weekend-long celebration of the very best in children’s books. This annual event is a unique opportunity to critically reflect on the impact, imagination and importance of books for young people. Anyone with an interest in and a passion for children’s books is welcome to attend and participate in what is always an outward-looking, lively and thought-provoking event.
CBI will feature some of the most exciting names in writing, illustration, publishing and criticism. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere provides an opportunity for librarians, teachers, booksellers, academics, artists, students, authors, illustrators, publishers and other professionals to meet old favourites and discover new voices.
Dreams & Nightmares examines two essential elements of childhood: the light and the dark. Books can be a powerful and appropriate way for children to process their fears and deal with anxieties. Similarly, the power of dreaming and the potency of imagination as a force for good in the world cannot be overstated. We have invited our speakers to reflect on dreams, nightmares, the light and dark in their own work and how dreams, both good and bad, can be a driving force within children’s literature.
M. G. Leonard is appearing on Saturday 22nd of September