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Children’s Literature in Europe today: How authors and illustrators work

Seminar at Aarhus University in connection with the International Children’s Literature Hay Festival.

2017.09.13 | Nina Christensen

Date Fri 27 Oct
Time 13:00 17:00
Location Aarhus University, “Kasernescenen”, School of Communication and Culture, Langelandsgade 139, Aarhus

Since 1999, the School for Authors of Children’s Literature at the Centre for Children’s Literature and Media has been focusing on the process of writing good stories for children and young adults.

In connection with the International Children’s Literature Hay Festival, we are inviting authors, illustrators and students to participate in a seminar on writing and illustrating for children and young adults in Europe today. The seminar is open to everybody with a professional or personal interest in children’s literature.

The seminar will consist of a mixture of interviews, panels, presentations and readings by authors and illustrators from all over Europe (including the Nordic countries and Aarhus). The seminar will be conducted in English.

Price: DKK 100

Payment and registration https://auws.au.dk/writingforchildren2017



13:00-13:10: Welcome and introduction to the programme: Nina Christensen, head of the Centre for Children’s Literature and Media, and Kari Sønsthagen, head of the School for Authors of Children’s Literature

13:10-13:45: Norwegian author and illustrator Stian Hole presents and discusses his process of writing and illustrating (with Nina Christensen)

13:45-14:00: Austrian author Elisabeth Steinkellner reads from her work

14:00-14:35: Panel: Author and translator Daniel Hahn (UK) interviews Ævar Thor Benediktsson (Iceland) and Frida Nilsson (Sweden)

14:35-14:50: Coffee break

14:50-15:05: Finnish author Maria Turtschaninoff reads from her work

15:05-15:35: Illustrator and author Cato Thau-Jensen (Denmark): On writing and illustrating for children

15:35-15:50: Coffee break

15:50 -16:05: Austrian author Michaela Holzinger reads from her work

16:05-16:45: Panel: “Which stories are important to tell (children) today?” Author and PhD Martin Glaz Serup interviews Sarah Engell and Sanne Munk Jensen (Denmark)

16:45-17:00: Closing remarks and transition to the reception in the foyer from 17:00 until 18:00


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