Conference Dinner

We’ve now confirmed that the conference dinner will be held at The Farm restaurant on Dawson St. The cost will be €35 per person for a 3-course meal, including a bottle of wine for each table. You can have a look at the set menu here. As you can see, the food is all organic and there are plenty of veggie and gluten-free options!
To reserve your place at the dinner, email the organisers at

Programme and Registration

A draft programme is now available by clicking the tab above. Registration is open as well.

Abstracts are up!

Just click on the “Abstracts” tab above.

Speakers announced

Exciting news as we now have two confirmed plenary speakers: Professor Roni Natov, author of The Poetics of Childhood and more recently a number of articles on environmental themes in children’s literature, and illustrator Jim Kay, who is responsible for those amazing illustrations in A Monster Calls.

We also have confirmation from Trinity College’s very own Professor Amanda Piesse that she will be speaking at the conference. Professor Piesse currently co-ordinates the M. Phil in Children’s Literature with Dr Padraic Whyte. She has published widely in the area of children’s literature and is committed to the research of landscapes in children’s literature.

Call for Papers


Green Man/Wild Man and Children’s Culture 

20-21 July 2012, Trinity College Dublin

This two-day multidisciplinary conference will explore the role of green man and wild man motifs in twentieth and twenty-first century children’s culture. From Puck to Captain Planet, the green man motif may help to kindle ecological awareness and excite the environmental imagination. The green man offers education and guidance and a release from the pressures and responsibilities of the civic space. Yet the spaces the green man inhabits – forests and wildernesses – are also sites of wild abandon, savagery and panic where human characters become wild men and slip away from their civilised identities altogether. From Craighead George’s My Side of the Mountain, to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, to Linda Newbery Lob, to Almond’s The Savage, to Siobhan Dowd and Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls, the motif of the wild child and the wild man pervades twentieth and twenty-first century children’s culture. This conference will celebrate all aspects of the green man and the wild man in children’s culture. Papers on literature, art, comics/graphic novels, video games, film and music are welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Superheroes and Supervillains

Green Women



Wildness and Savagery



Wild Holidays


Forest Dwellers

Feral Children

Flower Fairies and Forest Spirits

Green Rhetoric

Ecocritical responses to the Green man

Abstracts of 200 words for 20 minute papers should be sent to before 5pm on Friday March 30th 2012. Please also include a brief bio (not more than 50 words).