The winner of the Little Rebels Award will be announced on May 10th at the 2014 London Radical Bookfair. This year, the Alliance of Radical Booksellers are joining forces with the Alternative Press Fair and taking over all 3 floors of the Bishopsgate Institute, London EC2M 4QH. This is a free event, open to all. Doors open at 10am. There will be a packed programme of talks as well as a fantastic range of bookstalls. If you’re particularly interested in the Little Rebels side of things, these are the bits we think will interest you most:
10am Doors Open
*come and visit the Letterbox Library Bookstand; we’ll be there all day with the Little Rebels shortlist; do say hello!*
12.30-2pm Radical Children’s Literature: the little rebels authors
Little Rebels Judge, Wendy Cooling will be in discussion with 3 of the authors from the Little Rebels shortlist: Gill Lewis, Geraldine McCaughrean and Deborah Chancellor. Hear about what motivated each author and discover why their books have earned their place in the Little Rebels canon of radical children’s fiction!
2.30-4pm Radical Children’s Literature: where are all the little rebels?
Come and join a lively discussion on the world of children’s literature in relation to radical thinking and political activism. Amongst other things, the panel will explore:
• what defines a radical children’s book?
• are children’s books an appropriate platform for radical thinking?
• do we have a history of radical children’s lit in the UK and what is the current state of radical children’s publishing?
This panel is being held in commemoration of Robert Leeson (1928-2013). Robert has been described as a “powerful force for change in children’s books”. He was Literary Editor of the Morning Star, a member of the Communist Party, Chair of the Writer’s Guild, fundraiser for Third World Book Fund and author of over 70 books for young people.
The panel will be chaired by Ann Lazim, Literature & Library Development Manager at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) and co-founder of the UK section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) with Kim Reynolds. Kim will also be contributing to the panel. She is one of the judges for the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award. She is the author of Radical Children’s Literature (2010) and is currently Professor of Children’s Lit. at Newcastle University.
Joining Kim and Ann will be 2 children’s authors:
Catherine Johnson: Catherine’s recent books for young people include Sawbones (2013) and Nest of Vipers (2008). Catherine has said of her children’s books: ‘I love writing about the people you don’t often see in history’. Catherine is also well known for her screenwriting, perhaps most famously, for the BBC2 Drama, Bullet Boy (2004).
Alan Gibbons: A former teacher, Alan is an author and something of a ‘literary campaigner’, organising, amongst other things, Authors Against the SATs and Campaign for the Book which fights library closures. His latest children’s books are Hate (2014) and Raining Fire (2013). Alan cites Spartacus and Harriet Tubman as his heroes.
4.30pm Announcement of Award Winners
The judges will announce the winners of the adult Bread & Roses Award and children’s Little Rebels Award.
5pm Doors Close