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The annual CBI conference is a weekend-long celebration of the very best in books for young people from home and abroad and an absolute MUST if you are writing for kids. Not only will you get to understand more about the industry, you’ll meet loads of lovely people, from other writers to industry professionals and lots and lots of authors. This year is runs 24 to 25 May at the Light House Cinema, Dublin.

Featuring some of the most exciting names in writing, illustration, publishing and criticism, this relaxed and friendly event is an opportunity for teachers, booksellers, librarians, academics, artists and other professionals – or anyone else with a passion for children’s literature – to meet old favourites and discover new voices.

CBI is delighted to announce the lineup for the 2014 conference, entitled ‘The F Word: Failure‘.

Sessions include…

  • A keynote address from Laureate na nÓg 2014-2016
  • A debut writers panel featuring O’Brien Press author Sheila Agnew (Evie Brooks: Marooned in Manhattan), Irish novelist Sarah Moore Fitzgerald (Back to Blackbrick) and American novelist Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender).
  • Author of the controversial When Mister Dog Bites, Brian Conaghan
  • Performance poet and children’s author Laura Dockrill (Darcy Burdock)
  • Irish language legend and festival director, playwright, teacher and children’s books author Patricia Forde (Mise agus an Dragún etc)
  • Creator of books for the very small Leslie Patricelli (Yummy Yucky etc)
  • lllustrator David Mackintosh (Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School etc)
  • Award winning novelist Jane Mitchell (Chalkline etc)
  • German writer Kirsten Reinhardt (Fennymore and the Brumella)
  • Creator of Dirty Bertie David Roberts
  • Irish based illustrator Steve Simpson (Cáca don Rí etc)
  • Historical fiction writer Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity etc)

Click here for the booking form.

The conference also includes presentation of the annual CBI award. This award is made to an individual in recognition of an outstanding contribution to children’s books. All CBI members every year are warmly encouraged to nominate for this award.

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