WORLD WINDOWS & TOWN HALLS
Hello again. No I haven't been sleeping off the easter egg munch-mountain! I've been busy working.
I also went to the Federation of Children's Book Groups Annual Conference "Windows on the World" at the University of Hertfordshire. A great time, but I've felt slightly dazed ever since. There were talks by Anthony Horowitz,David Lloyd of Walker Books,Julia Donaldson & Axel Sheffler,Jonathan Stroud,Cat Wetherill, Jackie Morris, Kaye Umansky and Alan Gibbons. There were three great panel discussions, one on fantasy with Wendy Cooling talking to Chris d'Lacey, Catherine Fisher and Mary Hoffman; one on teenage fiction with Meg Rosoff, Catherine Johnson, Catherine McPhail and Graham Marks, chaired by Damian Kelleher, and then Wendy Cooling appeared again, chairing a conversation about the international dimension in children's books, with Jamila Gavin, Nicola Cadbury of Book Aid, and Ann Lazim of IBBY. And that's without the seminar sessions, or the book displays. You've only read about it, and I bet you're dazed already!
Off on a jaunt again, down to Nottingham Children's Book Award Celebrations, which will take place in The Ballroom at the City Hall. Do I take the tiara?