9.30 – 10.00: Registration and coffee


10.00 – 10.15: Opening Remarks –    Anne Markey (President, Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature)


10.15 – 11.45: Panel 1: Young Readers, Agency and Ideology

Chair: Valerie Coghlan (Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin)

Marie Stern-Peltz (Newcastle): Authority, interpretation and the implied reader in Private Peaceful

Jan van Coillie (Leuven): No choice for children in Flanders fields?

Patricia Kennon (NUI Maynooth): No man’s land and the other: Britishness, brotherhood and historical picturebooks about the truce in the trenches on Christmas Day 2014

Laura Rorato (Bangor): The changing face of the enemy: The First World War in contemporary Italian children’s fiction


11.45 – 13.00: Panel 2: Girls at War

Chair: Anne Markey (ISSCL President, TCD)

Maggie Andrews & Jean Webb (Worcester): ‘Myth-conceptions’ of World War I in diaries and epistolatory fiction for children.

Sheena Wilkinson (Writer in Residence, Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin): The past is a foreign country… Some challenges in writing historical fiction for today’s young adults.

Jane Rosen (Imperial War Museum): Women at the front and class enemies reconciled: Anachronism in First World War children’s novels in the last four decades


13.00 – 14.00: Lunch


14.00 – 15.15: Panel 3: Adolescence and War

Chair: Áine McGillicuddy (Dublin City University)

Cordula Böcking (Cambridge): Intergenerational memory in English and German Young Adult Literature

Rebecca Long (Trinity College Dublin): “The City Surprised”: Dublin and the First World War in Irish children’s literature

Yasmin Lehmann (Leuphana University Lüneburg): In the ‘No-man’s land’ of crossover fiction: Louisa Young’s My Dear, I wanted to tell you


15.15 – 16.30: Panel 4: Translation and Adaptation

Chair: Peter Arnds (TCD)

Sandrijn van den Noortgate (Antwerp): Translating the absent history

Valeria Illuminati (Bologna): The importance of paratexts in the transnational reception of children’s war literature

Andrew Niemeijer (Amsterdam): Teaching teenage war narratives inside and outside the classroom


16.30 – 16.45: Coffee


16.45 – 18.00: Roundtable Discussion: ‘Making War Stories: Practitioners’ Perspectives’

Moderator: Robert Dunbar

Emelie FitzGibbon (Artistic Director, Graffiti Theatre Company, Cork)

Sheena Wilkinson (Writer in Residence, Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin)

Aubrey Flegg (Author, Dublin)

John Quinn (Author, Meath/Galway)


18.00 – 19.00 Wine reception