Published 02.11.2017
by Kids’ Own

Children’s Voices: Are we listening? – Guest speakers & presenters

Round table discussion – November 8th, 10.30am – 4pm 

Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership, as part of its 20-year anniversary celebrations, will host 2 days of sectoral activities, in partnership with Dublin Book Festival and The Ark, exploring the value of publishing with children, and interrogating how we can support children to be seen and heard within our literature, culture and society.

Through a series of presentations and discussions hosted by Kids’ Own Creative Director, Orla Kenny and Kids’ Own co-founder Victoria Ryle, the day will involve explorations and case studies of the Kids’ Own archive, followed by discussions involving a chaired panel of guest speakers, and focused conversations, where participants will be invited to explore and interrogate how we make space for quality and depth of engagement, the role of the professional artist working with children and young people, and how we give children’s work greater visibility and recognition within mainstream culture.

This event is free but booking is essential. – to book see link below

Guest Speakers

Mary Branley

Writer, musician and teacher, Mary Branley is the author of two collections of poetry with Summer Palace Press and a chapbook. Her poems have been included in several anthologies and have also been translated into Spanish and Catalan in a multilingual anthology Europe is a Woman. She was awarded the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in 2008, an Arts Council bursaries in 2009 and 2015. Currently she is writer in residence at the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim. Mary is the writer and facilitator with Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership on 25 titles published over the past 16 years. A recent article published in Bookbird on writing with children has led to an invitation to participate in a new initiative of the Ottawa International Writers Festival later this month.

Carmel Brennan

Dr. Carmel Brennan has just retired as Head of Training and Practice with Early Childhood Ireland, with responsibility for the organisation’s work in developing curriculum, improving practice and supporting services to work with the national frameworks, and with the aim to push the boundaries of our thinking and practice as we engage with the image of the competent, playful child. Carmel has also worked as an early childhood educator, mentor and researcher. More recently, she has focussed on children’s co-construction of stories through play and the relationship between play and the arts in children’s lives.

Tadhg Crowley

Tadhg Crowley is the Curator of Education at the Glucksman in University College Cork. The Glucksman presents a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions accompanied by an extensive education programme to engage visitors of diverse interests and backgrounds. A graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design Tadhg’s role at the Glucksman is to help foster an appreciation of the visual arts among the wider public. Tadhg is currently a doctoral candidate in UCC School of Education where his focus is on Primary Schools, creativity and the role of the museum.

Martin Drury (Chair)

Martin Drury is a practitioner and policy-maker with nearly 40 years’ experience in a variety of key roles in the arts in Ireland. He is currently self-employed, engaged in a range of projects as advisor, curator and theatre director. Since 1979 he has been variously Arts Education Officer (Sligo/Leitrim); Artistic Director of TEAM Theatre; Education Officer of the Arts Council; author of the Dublin Arts Report; founder director of The Ark which he developed (1992-1995) and then led until 2001; Arts Director and then Strategic Development Director at the Arts Council.

Phil Kingston

Phil Kingston is the Community and Education Manager of the Abbey Theatre. Before taking up this post in 2011 he worked as an actor, playwright, TV scriptwriter, dramaturge and freelance drama facilitator. He trained at Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He is a former chair of the Education, Community and Outreach Working Group of the Council of National Cultural Institutions. He is part of the Editorial Committee for the Arts in Education Portal and is a member of the Steering Committee of Encountering the Arts Ireland. He is treasurer to Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland and on the editorial committee of Youth Theatre Ireland.

Ben Murray

Ben is Education Officer with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).

He has 25 years’ teaching experience in both the primary and the post-primary sectors in Ireland, as a Music, a Classics and an ICT teacher. Ben is currently seconded to the NCCA, with responsibility for the curricular areas of Arts Education, Classical Studies and researching the embedding of digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment.  He is particularly interested in the role that technology plays in allowing collaborative cultures to thrive in classrooms and how these collaborative environments support the development and the assessment of critical problem solving skills.

Victoria Ryle

Victoria Ryle is CEO of Kids’ Own Publishing and employs many teaching artists to engage with diverse communities across Australia to support community publishing initiatives. Kids’ Own has expertise in delivering community based workshops, capacity building training and published outcomes aimed at promoting literacy, reading and the status of children as storytellers, writers and illustrators.,

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