The purpose of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature is to promote academic research into children’s literature. Membership is open to scholars from Ireland and other countries, and to researchers at all career stages, including postgraduate students. We welcome members from a wide range of disciplines, including literature, history, education, psychology, sociology, women’s studies, and fine arts. We seek to foster a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of children’s literature.  Our committee is elected every two years and you can read our constitution here
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Voices in Verse: A Celebration of Poetry written for, by, and about Children


The Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature, in association with Poetry Ireland, will soon be hosting its 2018 event:

Voices in Verse: A Celebration of Poetry written for, by, and about Children

Event Date: 28 April 2018

Venue: Poetry Ireland

Time: 10.00 – 1.30, followed by ISSCL AGM

Invited Speakers: Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin, Meg Grehan, Enda Wyley, Lucinda Jacobs, Seamus Cashman

Price: €10

Please register online in advance at Eventbrite: Voices in Verse



Biennial Award for an Outstanding Thesis on Children’s Literature

The Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (ISSCL) is delighted to invite submissions for the Society’s Biennial Award for an Outstanding Thesis on Children’s Literature. The award of 250 euro is open to current members of the society who submitted a Master’s thesis relating to children’s literature to a third-level institution in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland within the academic years 2015-16 or 2016-2017.  Shortlisting will take place and the winner will be announced at an ISSCL event in late April 2018. Applicants must submit the following documents by Thursday 1st March 2018: a single sheet with the thesis title and the author’s name and contact details; a 1000-word summary of the thesis; the full thesis; a signed one-page letter on institution-headed paper from the thesis supervisor supporting the submission for the award and briefly outlining the distinctive qualities of the thesis. The primary language of these documents should be English or Irish. These documents should be submitted in PDF format and as attachments to an email application addressed to isscl.committee@gmail.com. Submissions will be evaluated by the committee of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature according to criteria which will include: relevance to the field of children’s literature; the quality and significance of the research; its originality and thoroughness; the coherency and clarity of the summary. If two or more theses are deemed by the judges to be of equal quality, the award may be shared.

Betwixt and Between: boundaries and peripheries in children’s culture

We are delighted to announce that the ISSCL’s biennial conference will take place in DCU’s All Hallows Campus on the 28-29 April 2017. The theme of the conference will be ‘Betwixt and Between: boundaries and peripheries in children’s culture’, and the keynote speaker will be Emerita Professor Máire Messenger Davies. The conference programme can be found here.

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Children’s Literature issue of Breac published

We are delighted to announce that a special issue of Breac on children’s literature, edited by Anne Markey, President of the ISSCL, and Aedín Clements, University of Notre Dame, has just been published. You can access the online journal here.

In addition to a guide to recent critical writing on Irish children’s literature, contributors, including Karín Lesnik-Oberstein, Maria Nikolajeva, Clíona Ó Gallchoir, Róisín Adams, Kimberley Reynolds, Jones Irwin, Valerie Coghlan, Máire Bhreathnach, Lissa Paul, Roni Natov, Claire M. Dunne and James P. Sullivan, re-evaluate children’s literature in Ireland and abroad from new and important perspectives. Breac is a peer-reviewed, paperless, open access, Irish studies journal.