Symposium: Travel, Translation and Children's Books

Symposium: Travel, Translation and Children's Books

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Room 8

Manchester Meeting Place

Lower Albion Street


M1 3AL

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*** PLEASE NOTE that registration for this event has now closed (as of 23rd April 2017) ***

For this Symposium and round table discussion, we are delighted to welcome three guest speakers:

Kiera Vaclavik, Queen Mary College, London (

Clémentine Beauvais, University of York (;

and Anna Kemp, Queen Mary College, London, (

Our topics include the impact of globalisation on contemporary childhood culture, and particularly its implications for picturebooks; the experience of writing for children and the production of books for global markets, including translations, pictures, and adaptations; and the exoticisation or negation of European spaces in the British imagination and how this affects and politicizes the process of translating books for children and young adults.

The event will be chaired by Penny Brown, whose publications include A Critical History of French Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2007).

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Tickets are free of charge; tea and coffee will be provided.

Places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The venue has a capacity of 40 people, and registration will close around one week prior to the event.

If you would like to book your place please click 'register' on this Eventbrite page.


10.30 – 11.00 COFFEE/TEA

SESSION 1: 11.00 – 12.15 paper 1 Kiera Vaclavik, QMC

The Whole World in His Hands: Globalization & Contemporary Picturebooks

Followed by conversation with respondents and general discussion

12.15 – 1.30 LUNCH BREAK

SESSION 2: 1.30 – 2.45 paper 2 Clémentine Beauvais, York

Bresse against Brexit: Provinciality in European children’s books available in Britain

Followed by conversation with respondents and general discussion

SESSION 3: 2.45 – 4.00 paper 3 Anna Kemp, QMC

Writing children’s books: translation, adaptation, travel and trust.

Followed by conversation with respondents and general discussion

4.00- 4.15 TEA/COFFEE

4.15-5.15 general discussion with all speakers

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