The F Word: Failure' we all know it, we've all seen it, but what have we learned from it? Our good friends over in Children's Books Ireland (CBI) are hosting their 24th annual Children's Books Ireland conference on Saturday 24th–Sunday 25th May, in the Light House Cinema, Smithfield, where they take this very interesting topic and invite guest speakers to reflect on their careers where defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory!

For any of you out there who are not aware, Children's Books Ireland is the national children's book organisation of Ireland and they work diligently to raise awareness of the value of children's books, promoting, celebrating, and supporting books and reading initiatives for young people. This initiative is obviously very close to our hearts here at Imaginosity where we revel in sparking young imaginations. We were delighted to have been wowed by these young bright stars of the future in our (just completed) 2014 'What's the Story?' Competition. A huge success once again, with double the amount of imaginative, crazy and fun-filled entries as last year.

This year's very special CBI conference promises to be a jam packed two-day programme of stimulating and thought provoking discussion and debate which never fails to excite. Its weekend long celebration of the very best in children's books both at home and internationally, hosts a whole array of speakers who have been invited to discuss the numerous and innovative ways in which books and reading can be part of young people's lives every day.

And with baited breath we all wait for the announcement of the new Laureate na nÓg (to be announced in early May) and an even further ramp up of excitement is that this very special person's first public address takes place at this very conference.
This year's line-up showcases both famous names and new talents, featuring authors and illustrators from Ireland, the UK, Germany and the USA. 'The F Word: Failure' invites speakers to reflect on times in their careers where things have fallen apart, deadlines went out the window and defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory. Rather than revel in what didn't work, CBI is asking how failure can be learned from and used to create something better.
Listed below are some of the amazing and interesting speakers taking part in the two day event. If you would like any further information or if you would like to arrange an interview with available speakers, contact Aoife Murray, Programme Officer, 17 North Great George's Street, Dublin 1, Tel. 01 8727475, Email: aoife@childrensbooksireland.ie

And anything else you may want to know can be found at the CBI website www.childrensbooksireland.ie/conference_and_events

Leslie Patricelli (USA)
With comedy and warmth, Leslie Patricelli's books for very small children celebrate the everyday and are perfect for reading aloud with all the family. Leslie will talk about the challenges and pitfalls of writing and illustrating for the very young.
Patricia Forde (Ireland)
Former festival director, playwright, teacher and Irish language author of many books for young readers talks about her varied career and reflects upon enjoyable failures along the way.
David Mackintosh (UK)
Graphic designer, art director and illustrator David Mackintosh says his picturebook style is 'two drops understatement, three fingers foolishness, a dash of clarity.' David will speak about how foolishness adds to the mix.
Brian Conaghan (Ireland)
One of the keys to making a book a success is getting it past the gatekeepers of children's reading and into the hands of its intended audience. With When Mister Dog Bites, Brian Conaghan has set himself quite a task on this front with a protagonist living with Tourette's Syndrome. Brian will talk about failing and succeeding as a writer and making the decision to throw the rulebook out the window.
Laura Dockrill (UK)
A graduate of The Brit School of Performing Arts, Laura Dockrill has been a Times of London Talent to Watch and voted one of Elle magazine's top twenty faces to look out for. The successful performance poet, illustrator and children's books author will talk about overcoming the fear of failure.
Elizabeth Wein (USA)
Author of Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire and a variety of other historical novels, Elizabeth Wein's first novel was published in 1993 but it wasn't until 2012 that her work began to be noticed. She will talk about the stresses and pleasures of writing in this genre as well as the importance of approaching writing from a healthy and realistic perspective.
David Roberts (UK)
The former fashion illustrator and milliner turned children's books illustrator David Roberts was originally turned down by every artist's agent in London before being picked up in 1996. He has since gone on to illustrate over 70 books including the delightfully repugnant Dirty Bertie.
Also speaking at the CBI Conference 2012 are: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Leslie Walton, Sheila Agnew, Jane Mitchell, Steve Simpson and Kirsten Reinhardt.
NOTES: Excerpts taken from CBI 'The F Word: Failure' Press Release 2014.