Conferences

I have extensive experience running children's literature conferences and events. In a freelance capacity, I was the Festival Director of The Brighton Children's Book Festival, in partnership with THE SOUTH and the University of Brighton. We ran two successful events in April 2007 and 2008. You can watch a video feature on the conference here


From 2002 until February 2009, I managed conferences at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Roehampton University. One of the main events I managed was the annual British IBBY/NCRCL MA conference. I also oversaw and taught on the Children's Literature International Summer School (CLISS), which I ran in 2003, 2005, and 2007. This involved bringing international tutors to Roehampton University to teach for five days on various strands, giving lectures and seminars to delegates from all over the world. 


I co-founded and was a member of the Arts Council England steering committee that organized the conference, Diversity Matters: Growing Markets in Children's Publishing, which was held in June 2006 in London, drawing around 300 delegates. This was an initiative to discuss ways to improve the representation of diversity in books published for children.


I also co-founded and co-ran The Child and the Book postgraduate conference. This is an annual event which brings together graduate and postgraduate students from around the world whose research focuses on children's literature.