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We invite submissions for a Special Issue of Bookbird to coincide with the 33rd IBBY International Congress to be held in London in 2012. As guest editors for this issue, our aim is to celebrate and investigate the current state of British children’s literature. Proposed papers should address one of the following areas in the context of 21st-century British children’s literature:

  • Developments and trends
  • London or the “regions”
  • Multiculturalism
  • Genre, form and themes (including, but not restricted to, fantasy, realism, young adult fiction, visual texts, poetry, controversies and taboos)
  • Single author focus
  • View from the outside – representations of the UK in non-British children’s literature

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to both editors by 1 September 2011.

Further details can be found on the Bookbird website:

Liz Thiel (
Alison Waller (
National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL), University of Roehampton, London, UK

CFP – Bookbird Special Issue: British Children’s Literature in the 21st Century