BookTrust Conference – 5 Mar

BookTrust in Northern Ireland unveils details of a conference to be held at the Crescent Arts Centre Belfast on Tuesday 5 March 2019.



Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and with contributions from a range of partners we are looking forward to an exciting programme.

They can now confirm the following speakers who will present on NI policy and practice with regards to early book sharing and children’s reading:

Deirdre Webb – Lead Children’s Nurse, Public Health Agency
Cathy Galway – Director of Youth, Education and Childcare, Department of Education NI
Damian Smyth – Head of Literature and Drama, Arts Council of NI

An exciting line up of authors and illustrators will bring the world of children’s books to us:

Dan Freedman – Author of the Jamie Johnson football series of books
Myra Zepf – Children’s Writing Fellow for NI
Andrew Whitson – Illustrator of Molly and the Stormy Sea
Kelly McCaughrain – Author of Flying Tips for Flightless Birds

Research on the benefits of early book sharing and how BookTrust uses this to inform our programmes:

Kelly Walsh – Head of Research, BookTrust NI
Helen Wales – Head of Country, BookTrust Cymru

The morning will be a celebration of cross departmental working and the impact that early book sharing is having. It will also be an opportunity to thank our corporate and statutory partners who support our diversified funding model and enable us to reach so many children.

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