Children’s voices: Are we listening?
8 Nov - 9 Nov 2017
Children’s voices: Are we listening?
Children’s voices: Are we listening?

We welcome Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership who will host a 2-day sectoral event as part of its 20-year anniversary celebrations. In partnership with Dublin Book Festival.

The event will explore the value of publishing with children, and interrogate how we can support children to be seen and heard within our literature, culture and society. 

With the ambitious vision of current policy to reach all children through cultural tuition by 2022, Kids’ Own seeks to ask how we make space for quality and depth of engagement to support children as cultural makers and creators in their own right.


Wed 8 November: Round table discussion (10.30am – 4pm)

Chair: Martin Drury
Guest speakers: TBC

Through a series of presentations and discussions hosted by Kids’ Own Creative Director, Orla Kenny and Kids’ Own co-founder Victoria Ryle, the day will involve explorations and case studies of the Kids’ Own archive, followed by discussions involving a chaired panel of guest speakers, and focused conversations, where participants will be invited to explore and interrogate a series of questions, including:

  • How do we make space for quality and depth of engagement to support children as cultural makers and creators in their own right?
  • How do we recognise and give value to authentic arts practice with children and young people, alongside professional artists?
  • How do we give visibility and credence to the work of children and amplify children’s voices within mainstream culture and literature?

Thu 9 November: A day of practical exploration and creativity

Two practical workshops, exploring print making, digital media, book-making and folding techniques, are open to artists and writers who are interested in exploring meaningful processes of engagement with children and young people.

Workshop times:

  • 11am – 1pm: Workshop with Simon Spain
  • 2pm – 4pm: Workshop with Alain Regnier (Belgium)

More details to be confirmed.

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