Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Greenman Conference

This sounds interesting

The Green Man/Wild Man and Children's Culture conference will be at the National Botanic Garden in Glasnevin.

The School of English at Trinity College Dublin will present a two-day multidisciplinary conference exploring 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.

This conference will celebrate all aspects of the green man and the wild man in children’s culture and will showcase speakers from around the world. Highlights include keynote lectures, panels, and a special, private tour of National Botanic Gardens in Dublin.

Keynote speakers:
Amanda Piesse (TCD): ‘Riders on the storm: negotiating emotion through the Green Man myth in children’s literature’
Roni Natov (CUNY): ‘The Dark Pastoral: From Sendak to David Almond and Neil Gaiman’
Sally Nicholls (Author of Season of Secrets): title TBC
Jim Kay (Kate Greenaway medal-winning illustrator of Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls): 'Creating a Monster: Illustrating the Green Man for A Monster Calls'

The conference takes place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July. More information and registration here.

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