Symposium & Speakers

Here is an indicative 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 9am

9.30am Introduction to Diverse Voices?

9.45am Opening keynote, S.I. Martin

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

10.45am Panel discussion on contemporary trends, with Sita Brahmachari, Candy Gourlay and SF Said


12.15pm Children's book prizes, with Jake Hope and Alex Wheatle MBE, chaired by Dr Lucy Pearson

Lunch and Tours of Seven Stories' exhibitions

2.30pm 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