Professor Roni Natov is Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York and co-founder of the journal The Lion and the Unicorn. Professor Natov is perhaps best known as the author of The Poetics of Childhood, for which she was awarded the International Research Society for Children’s Literature Award for outstanding research. More recently, she has published on environmental themes in children’s literature, most notably in her contribution to Deep Into Nature: Ecology, Environment and Children’s Literature.

Jim Kay is a freelance artist and illustrator whose work on children’s books includes Toby Forward’s Flaxfield Quartet series and more recently (and more obviously relevant to our purposes) Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd’s A Monster Calls. Some of his sketches for the latter featured in the recent Telling Tall and Tiny Tales exhibition at the Ark, and the book has been shortlisted for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal for children’s illustration.

Professor Amanda Piesse is Associate Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin, where she also serves as Dean of Students. 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.

Sally Nicholls is an award-winning author whose second book, Season of Secrets, is based on the myth of the Green Man. She holds an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University, where she won the prize for the writer who showed the most potential. Her debut novel, Ways to Live Forever, won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and the Glen Dimplex New Writer of the Year Award and her latest, All Fall Down, was published in February.


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