Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Picture books symposium

Glasgow University is hosting the 2nd International Symposium on Picturebooks, entitled Beyond borders: art, narrative and culture in picturebooks. It's a three day event, but there's one day, Saturday 19th September, specifically for practicioners in the field - e.g. teachers and librarians.

The focus on the Saturday morning will be on Scottish picturebooks, highlighted with a talk from Mairi Hedderwick, author of the famous Katie Morag picturebooks, who will also be exhibiting some of her artwork during the Symposium. Dr Maureen Farrell will introduce this topic with a talk on Scottish picturebooks: “Jings! Crivens! Help ma Boab! - It’s a Scottish Picturebook!”

The rest of the day will include papers by expert international speakers on different aspects of picturebooks, ranging from literary and artistic features to children’s responses to picturebooks in the classroom. The topics will be of particular relevance to those working with the new definitions of text and literacy within the Curriculum for Excellence. There will also be opportunities to participate in discussions after each panel.

The event costs £30 - for more information and to book, see its website.

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