Symposium & Speakers

Here is the current programme for Diverse Voices? Curating a National History of Children's Books. All sessions will reflect on and respond to the symposium's themes. The final programme and timings will be displayed here once confirmed. We encourage symposium participants to stay throughout the day if possible to participate in the discussions.

Registration from 9.00am

9.30am Introduction to Diverse Voices?

9.45am Opening keynote, S.I. Martin, chaired by Professor Matthew Grenby

10.15am Verna Wilkins on diverse voices in children's publishing, chaired by Pam Dix


11am Panel discussion on contemporary trends, with Sita Brahmachari, Candy Gourlay, Yu Rong and SF Said, chaired by Aishwarya Subramanian

12noon Children's book prizes, with Jake Hope and Alex Wheatle MBE, chaired by Dr Lucy Pearson

Lunch and Tours of Seven Stories' exhibitions

2pm Collecting and curating diverse children's books with Sarah Lawrance, Professor Karen Sands O'Connor and Beverley Naidoo, including a handling session with material from the Seven Stories Collection


4.30pm In conversation with Catherine Johnson and Patrice Lawrence, chaired by Darren Chetty

Event ends at 5.30pm