Children's Books Ireland reveals line-up for annual conference

News - Children Friday, 14 September 2018

Speakers include MG Leonard, Steven Lenton, Louise O'Neill and Dave Rudden

The 27th Children's Books Ireland annual conference will take place next weekend (22-23 September) at Dublin's Light House Cinema, Smithfield. The theme of this year's conference is 'Dreams and Nightmares.' The line-up features both famous names and new talents, featuring authors and illustrators from Ireland, the UK and the US.

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.

Speakers will 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.

The full line-up of speakers is: Peter Brown, MG Leonard (pictured), Dave Rudden, Lydia Monks, Oisin McGann, Louise O’Neill, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan, UK Children's Laureate Lauren Child, Julia Eccleshare MBE, Melvin Burgess, Patrice Lawrence, Abi Elphinstone, Steven Lenton
and new voices: Tina Callaghan, Aga Grandowicz, Alison Healy, Olivia Hope, Pádraig Kenny, Cethan Leahy, Rob Maguire, Kelly McCaughrain and Emma Quigley.

Tickets, from €75, are now available from

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