Conference Schedule

FRIDAY 14 September
16.30-19.00 Registration
18-19.30 Supper
20.00 Kevin Crossley-Holland
SATURDAY 15 September
7.30-9.00 Breakfast
8.30-9.15 Registration
9.20 Welcome - Nicola Solomon and Helena Pielichaty
9.30-10.30 Jane Ray and Ros Asquith
10.30-11.00 Tea and coffee
11.05-12.05 Writers’ Websites - Celia Rees (History Girls), John Dougherty (ABBA), Julia Eccleshare (The Guardian), Katherine Woodfine (Booktrust) and Sarah Benton (Hot Key Books)


Choice of sessions:

WIKI vs Non Fiction: The Final Showdown? Viv French and Meredith Hooper discuss with Nicola Davies why knowledge needs a narrative packing and why search engines ultimately don't cut the mustard.

Poetry, Please! Michaela Morgan, Rachel Rooney and publisher Kate Paice (A&C Black) will discuss: the market for poetry; how to find your voice - performing and craft; as well as gaining good publishing and gig commissions.

Midlist Crisis - Your editor is supportive and your agent is reassuring. You blog for Britain and Tweet for Thailand yet your backlist is going out of print faster than you can say 'ISBN' and finding one of your titles in a bookshop is a minor miracle. Income is risible. Come and share your woes with Helena Pielichaty and help think up some solutions. Suitable for those who have been published for 5 years and more.

What Should I Put in My Book? Thoughts from an author and editor. Celebrity books are big, vampires are dead (on the shelf) and multicultural stories don’t sell. Has the bus left for dystopia? Do young readers hate historical novels? What about angels, fairies, ghosts? Perhaps I should be writing in text-speak? There are so many conflicting thoughts on the next trend – what should you believe? What should you be writing about? A discussion and Q&A session with Catherine Johnson and Lauren Buckland (Random House Children's Publishing) with personal perspectives about current and future trends in children’s publishing.

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13.15 Lunch
14.30-15.30 Joe Godwin (BBC Children's Controller)
15.35-16.20 Tea
16.25-17.25 Prequels and Sequels - Charlie Higson, Geraldine McCaughrean and Patrick Ness
17.40-18.40 Glittering Prizes & Literary Festivals: how to survive as a writer today - Robert McCrum (The Observer), Tamsin Ace (Southbank Festival), Jane Churchill (Cheltenham Literary Festival) and John McLay (Bath Festival)
19.45 Dinner
21.00 Taboo Be Do - a short history of musical taboo with Something Happened (Terence Blacker and Derek Hewitson)
SUNDAY 16 September
7.30-9.00 Breakfast


Choice of sessions:

The Art of the Soluble: doing research - how do I ferret out what I need to know? Help! I want to write this story, but I don't know anything about the background/foreground/period/country (well, anything, really). How can I avoid making a fool of myself? Gillian Cross and Elizabeth Laird discuss the many different ways of tracking down crucial information for books set in any place or time - and the delights of making unexpected discoveries that can transform your story.

Self Publishing – how it can complement and help your career as a published author or illustrator. Gillian McClure (Plaister Press) will talk about establishing her own press in order to publish picture books while Susan Price (Authors Electric) will introduce Authors Electric and their electrical, self-publishing ways.

Teenagers - They Really Aren't From Another Planet - Bali Rai can teach you how to connect with your readers covering KS3, reluctant readers, the classics and contemporary books to inspire classes, and what he has learnt from being teen patron for Booktrust.

Sarah McIntyre's Love Affair with the Internet How do you turn blogging and social media away from being a time-consuming chore into something exciting that inspires your own work? Writer and illustrator Sarah McIntyre will take you on a fun tour of her own web-based adventures and share tips on using the web to reach the wider world, build warm, real-life community and, of course, sell books.

10.15-11.25 State of the Industry - Philippa Dickinson (Random House), Alan Gibbons (author and Campaign for the Book), Sam Husain (Foyles CEO), Chaired by Terence Blacker.
11.25-11.50 Coffee
11.55-12.55 Allan Ahlberg
13.00 Lunch and end of conference

Children’s Bookshop run by Marilyn Brocklehurst of Norfolk Children’s Book Centre. Details of other exhibitions to be announced.

Residential runs from Friday to Sunday (2 nights).

Non-residential day Saturday (excludes breakfast/dinner and after dinner entertainment but includes lunch/tea).

All meals are self service – please inform us of any dietary requirements. Vegetarians are catered for.


Children’s Writers and Illustrators Joined-Up Reading Conference 2012

Friday 14 to Sunday 16 September 2012

Organised by the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group of

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