Shh! We Have a Plan
A deadly serious symposium on the playful art of children’s literature
Join us Friday, 5 November, from 1.30pm-6pm, for Shh! We Have a Plan: A Deadly Serious Symposium on the Playful Art of Children’s Literature. The symposium will feature interviews and panel discussions with children’s picturebook illustrators and writers – such as Chris Haughton, Daishu Ma & Jon Klassen – as well as industry professionals and academics.
Presented by MoLI in partnership with Children’s Books Ireland
Please note the tickets to attend in person are now SOLD OUT but the full event can be watched live online.
Full programme to follow.
1pm Registration (in person only)
1.30pm Welcome by Simon O’Connor, Director of MoLI and Elaina Ryan, CEO of CBI
Session 1: Big Stories for Little Citizens
Rowan Oberman, Rowan Oberman is a PHD
student in UCD and is currently working on her thesis, Global
Citizenship Education and the Role of Children’s Literature. Rowan is
also a Lecturer and Researcher in Development, Intercultural, Human
Rights and Citizenship Education at DCU.
Joanne Beirne, Executive Producer, Branar Téatar do Pháistí on Big Stories for Little Citizens: Bringing Picturebooks to Life on the Stage. Branar are a theatre company for young audiences, based in Ireland and touring nationally and internationally.
3.00pm to 3.20pm Break for refreshments
3.20pm to 4.00pm
Session 2: Purple Squirrel: Curating a Picturebook Exhibition
Chris Haughton, Simon O’Connor and Sarah Webb in conversation with Elaina Ryan, CBI about the creation of MoLI’s current exhibition on Haughton’s work.
4.00pm to 4.45pm
Session 3: In the Bones of Us: Creating Art for Children
Chaired by Sarah Webb, Bright Sparks curator, MoLI
We ask our panel to reflect on their creative practice and how and why they create picturebooks.
Daishu Ma, Chinese children’s author and illustrator working in London
Jon Klassen, award-winning Canadian children’s picturebook creator of many titles including The Hat Trilogy series
Chris Haughton, award-winning Irish illustrator/author of six picturebooks
4.45pm to 4.55pm CBI Awards
4.55pm Closing Remarks by Simon O’Connor, Director of MoLI
5.00pm to 6pm Wine reception