Bookbug Conference 2017

The Power of Picture Books: Building Communities, Families and Futures

“Books and stories allow children to build possible futures.”

Sir Harry Burns

Hello everyone, hello everyone, we hope that you can come! The Bookbug Conference is back! We will be hosting our conference on 22 March in a fabulous new venue; Central Hall, Edinburgh.

This year, we will be going back to basics to champion the power of picture books. This conference will explore how books from birth are a key part of helping children form their world view, and help shape their identity. Picture books are crucial in modelling behaviour and situations, communicating diversity and promoting children’s rights.

We’ll be inviting experts and researchers, as well as the creators of picture books themselves – publishers, authors and illustrators – to discuss how picture books build futures, communities and families.

The day will also include afternoon workshops and creative skills sessions focusing on a variety of topics including children’s rights, storytelling and supporting additional needs through picture books.

Bookbug Conference 2017: The Speakers

  • Sabine Bonewitz, Head of Family Programmes at Lesestart (the German equivalent of Bookbug)
  • Rowena Seabrook, Head of Education at Amnesty UK
  • Rowena is the Human Rights Education Manager at Amnesty International UK. This includes creating resources and delivering professional development around using fiction to explore human rights.
  • Alison Murray, Author/Illustrator of Little Mouse and Hare and Tortoise
  • Dr Evelyn Arizpe, Senior Lecturer in Creativity, Culture and Faith at University of Glasgow
  • Nicholas Dowdall, Trustee of the Mikhulu Trust

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Previous Bookbug Conference Speakers Include:

Neil Mathers, Head of Save the Children in Scotland

Neil Mathers leads the charity’s work on tackling child poverty, delivering innovative programmes and campaigning for changes that make a lasting difference to children's lives, both in Scotland and around the world.

Nick Sharratt, author and illustrator

Nick Sharratt is a best-selling and multi-award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books, having created illustrations for close to two hundred and fifty books so far. As well as producing around sixty of his own books (which have been translated into more than a dozen languages), Nick has worked with numerous writers, including Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Giles Andreae, Kes Gray, Kaye Umansky and Jeremy Strong. 

Dr Katherine McKay MB ChB DCH DRCOG FRCPCH – Senior Medical Officer, Child Health

Dr Kate McKay has been a consultant paediatrician since 1995, working in areas of high deprivation in Glasgow. Her special interests are Community Paediatrics, particularly disability, including children with complex needs and life limiting conditions, child protection and the vulnerable child, and interagency work with social work and education.

Fiona McLeod MSP – Former Acting Minister for Children & Young People

Born in Glasgow, Fiona McLeod was educated at Bearsden Academy, Glasgow University & Strathclyde University where she graduated with an MA in Medieval & Modern History and a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship. She went on to lead a career as a school, college & health librarian.




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