BOOKS BEYOND BORDERS
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF IRELAND, KILDARE STREET, DUBLIN 2, 22nd OCTOBER 2011
Saturday 22nd October : 10am to 1.00pm
10.00-10.10 Welcome by Chair, Celia Keenan
10.10-10.50 – “What to do With a Book – different perspectives” – Rachel van Kooij and Hildegard Gärtner, Publisher, Jungbrunnen
10.50-11.30 Panel Discussion: An overview of education and immigration and the role of the school. Dr. Margit Böck (University of Salzburg) and Professor Sheila Greene (TCD), chaired by Celia Keenan.
11.30- 11.50 Special address by Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
11.50-12.50 Case studies and plenary discussion – Mairead Duggan, JCSP Librarian and Irene Barber
12.50-1.00 Concluding Remarks by Chairman
BOOKS BEYOND BORDERS SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES
Irene Barber is a recently retired primary school teacher.She is a board member of Children’s Books Ireland and the International Board on Books for Young People-Ireland. She has a life-long interest in promoting reading and school libraries.
Margit Böck is Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg. Her research interests are in modes and media of communication, in ‘literacy’ – including ‘academic literacy’ – as well as in media uses in the everyday, in relation to issues around social inequality, and learning in a wide sense. At the moment she is writing her Habilitation on Communicational practices of everyday life in a fragmenting society (Kommunikative Alltagspraxis in einer brüchigen Gesellschaft).
Mairead Duggan is originally from County Tipperary but has have spent the last four years living and working in Galway and Dublin. She did a Joint Honours Degree in English Literature and Irish Language in University College Cork, spent a few years travelling before returning to Ireland in 2001 and to complete a Diploma in Journalism and a Masters Degree in University College Dublin in Library and Information Science. She has been working on the JCSP Demonstration Library Project for the past 8 Years in various schools in both Dublin and Galway. She is currently pursuing a part-time Masters Degree in Children’s Literature in St. Patrick’s College in Drumcondra.
Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. was appointed Ireland’s first ever Minister for Children earlier this year. Frances was also Leader of the Opposition in the Senate on her election as a Senator to the 23rd Seanad and previously served as T.D. for Dublin South East for ten years. She gained a B.Soc. Science in U.C.D. and an M.SC. in Social Administration and Social Work in the London School of Economics. Prior to her election to the Dail Frances was a high profile Chair of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (1988-1992) and Vice President of the European Women’s Lobby.
Hildegard Gärtner is the Director of Jungbrunnen, the Austrian publisher of children’s literature. The Vienna-based children’s publishing house Jungbrunnen was founded with the express intention of making good literature available to children who might not otherwise have access to books, and the provision of high-quality texts and images continues to be at the heart of what Jungbrunnen does. Jungbrunnen wants to challenge children as well as to entertain them, and the company selects titles very carefully with these values in mind.
Professor Sheila Greene
Sheila Greene is the co-founder and former Director of the Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin, (see www.tcd.ie/childrensresearchcentre), and former holder of the AIB Chair of Childhood Research, having retired on September 30th this year. Her publications include The psychological development of girls and women: Rethinking change in time (2003, Routledge) and Researching children’s experience: Approaches and methods, which she co-edited with Dr Diane Hogan (2005, Sage). She was Co-Director of the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland, Growing Up in Ireland, (see www.growingup.ie) from 2006-2011.
Celia Keenan recently retired as a lecturer in English and children’s literature from St. Patricks College of Education, where she was Director of the MA in Children’s Literature. She is editor, with Mary Shine Thompson, of the influential study Children’s Literature 1500 – 2000 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004).
Rachel van Kooij
Rachel van Kooij was born in 1968 in Wageningen in The Netherlands, but moved to Austria with her family when she was ten. After she left school, she studied education, with an emphasis on special needs, in Vienna. She lives in Klosterneuberg and works as a carer for disabled people. She has published seven works for children and young adults.
Dr. Siobhán Parkinson
Siobhán Parkinson, Ireland’s inaugural Laureate na nÓg, writes fiction for children, young people and adults. She has published 22 books since 1992, and her work has been translated into as many languages. She has been shortlisted nine times for the Bisto Book of the Year Award, which she won on one occasion; she has received Bisto Merit and Honour awards four times. She has been included on the international Ibby Honour list twice, as well as several White Raven awards. She won an Oireachtas award for Dialann Sár-Rúnda Amy Ní Chonchúir, her first book in Irish and in 2011 was short-listed for the prestigious international Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.