Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dublin Conference: Feb 26, 2011

From Pádraic Whyte...

‘Children’s Literature, Classics, and the City’
Saturday 26th Feb 2011 (9.30am-6.30pm)
The Long Room Hub Trinity College Dublin
A public forum for debate: All welcome

This event highlights the recent designation of Dublin as a UNESCO City of Literature. It celebrates the contribution of children’s literature to culture in the city. The day is intended to get people - authors, illustrators, researchers, teachers, curators, publishers, editors, librarians, and the general public - talking about the role of children's literature in contemporary society. Following the recent controversy regarding a new version of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, we feel that this focus on children’s classics is both timely and important.

The day begins with a keynote lecture from Professor Peter Hunt who will talk about editing children's classics for a contemporary readership, followed by a series of roundtable discussions:

‘Classics’; ‘The City’; and ‘Authors, Illustrators’. We have a series of expert contributors lined up and know that it will be a provocative, exciting and stimulating day. We very much hope that anyone interested will come and have their say and help to shape the future of children’s literature, classics and the city.

The occasion also includes the launch of Trinity’s new taught masters’ programme in Children’s Literature, due to come on-stream in September 2011, and a poster session showcasing a wealth of academic work in children’s literature and children’s culture nationwide.

The event takes place under the auspices of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature and the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

For more details visit www.isscl.com

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