Writing for Children Conference

Saturday 23 February 2013 saw an inspiring celebration of Welsh children’s authors and illustrators . In partnership with the University of Glamorgan, Literature Wales organised the Writing for Children Conference as part of the South Wales Literature Development Initiative.

One hundred people experienced a full day of talks, workshops and conversation including: exploring author and illustrator collaboration; rugby zombies, speed dating for authors and illustrators, how to compose an interesting story and digitizing children’s publishing to name but a few. There were plenty of chances to get involved with writing and drawing too.

The conference was held in collaboration with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tŷ Crawshay, the University of Glamorgan, Treforest Campus. Philip Gross and Phil Carradice introduced an exciting day featuring a wealth of talented authors, illustrators and publishers including: Young People’s Laureate – Catherine FisherRuth Morgan, Chris Glynn, Ifor Thomas, Thomas Docherty,  Dan Anthony, Huw Aaron and Mike Church. There was a presentation on digitizing Children’s Publishing by Kate Wilson, Director of Nosy Crow and the unique opportunity of eight one to one sessions with Viv Sayer, editor of Gomer.

The Conference attracted and celebrated the creative writing talents of people of all ages and abilities including young squad members, creative writing and illustration students and adults with an interest in writing for children.  It was an ideal event to showcase a particular genre of literature which is gaining more popularity and interest and helped to promote its enjoyment and relevance today.

Participants comments:

‘Good range of speakers and friendly staff’

‘Very useful and enjoyable event’

‘A good mix of speakers and I felt I learned alot

‘Brilliant, very informative, well organised, fascinating day’

‘Excellent programme and speakers very inspiring’

‘Thoroughly enjoyable and well organised. Loved every minute’

‘Good setting, excellent speakers. Shame it had to end’