CBI Conference 2022: Steve McCarthy & Chris Judge to appear
Books, Illustration

The annual Children’s Books Ireland conference is to be held in Dublin on the 24th and 25th September 2022. This year’s theme is All The Way Home’ and speakers have been asked “to reflect on the meaning of home, and how a sense of homecoming and place informs their work”. The program is jam-packed with stellar talks from the likes of Alex Wheatle, Carson Ellis, Waterstones UK Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho and Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn; we are most excited about the sessions hosted by our very own Steve McCarthy and Chris Judge.

Steve, who provided the illustrations for the conference, will be speaking on Saturday at 15:40 in conversation with Paddy Donnelly. He recently celebrated the publication of his debut picturebook The Wilderness (Walker Books), which tells the story of Oktober and the Vasylenko family for whom the world outside is a place for wild adventures, wild places and wild things. But for Oktober, the world outside is a scary place and scariest of all is the wildest of all wild things: The Wilderness. When Oktober gets lost and tumbles over a precipice towards (almost) certain death and The Wilderness comes to meet him, it is time for him to face his fears and return home as the bravest adventurer of all.

Chris Judge will be speaking on Saturday at 15:50 with Eoin Colfer and Dr. Marian Keyes. Chris and Eoin have collaborated on a new picturebook Cloud Babies (Walker Books, publishing 6th October 2022) and will be discussing their partnership. Cloud Babies is the story of Erin who spends a lot of time in the hospital after she falls ill. One of the only comforts she has is finding cloud babies in the shapes high in the sky. When life begins to go back to normal while she is in recovery, she finds herself feeling out of place at school and with other people. She will need her cloud babies to help her connect with those around her and make her feel at home again.

The timetable of events for the conference can be found here and a number of tickets have been set aside at no fee for those whose current financial situation would prohibit them from attending.