Dreams and Nightmares! CBI Conference 2018

In just a few short days, Dreams and Nightmares, the Children's Books Ireland International Conference 2018 will arrive in Dublin.
This is the highlight of the annual CBI calendar, and the highlight of my year, as well. The weekend long event celebrates the very best in childrens' books and gives us a moment to reflect on the importance and the impact that literature has on the lives of young people. Each year, speakers are invited from all around Ireland and the world to give us a taste of what's happening, what's new and what we need to do to further promote, not just literacy, but the joy and wonder of childrens' books. There is so much information to take in; so many aspects of childrens' literature to be considered. I always arrive back home rejuvenate, re-energised and with a new reading list as long as my arm.
This years' speakers include M G Leonard, Abi Elphinstone, Melvin Burgess, Oisin McGann, Patrice Lawrence, Kelly MCaughrain, Lydia Monks, two childrens' laureates (Sarah Crossan and Lauren Child!)...well, you can see the list above. Some familiar, some new...all absolutely brilliant.
I am delighted (beyond ridiculousness) to be attending this year and will post all about it next week.
Here's the link if you want to know more:

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