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Podcast 6 “Radical Young People’s Texts and Culture”

Have a listen to our sixth podcast with Professor Kimberley Reynolds being interviewed by Claire Dunne. It is now over ten years since Reynolds highlighted the importance of the radical dimensions of children’s literature in her book Radical Children’s Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations in Juvenile Fiction. In this podcast, Reynolds explores the notion of radical texts and the themes contained in them, as well as reactions to this type of writing. As the keynote speaker at the 2019 ISSCL conference, Reynolds also reflects on more recent examinations of radical texts as well as her experience of the conference.



Podcast 5 “What They Might Really Be In Other Times and Settings: Re-Interpreting Traditional Folk Narratives for a Modern Child Audience”

Have a listen to our fifth podcast wherein Brian McManus will be discussing two recently published collections by Irish authors in which old stories are told anew in a bold, vivid and wholly contemporary way. Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan retells thirteen of the world’s most iconic and influential fairy tales and Scéalta le hInisint don Ghealach by Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn retells an eclectic array of narratives from Irish folk tradition. Both Deirdre and Caoimhe approach their respective material from an unequivocally modern, feminist perspective and they both join Brian on this podcast to explore the unique joys and challenges of this particular type of re-interpretation.

Podcast 4 “The Representation and Celebration of Females in Children’s Literature”

Welcome to the fourth podcast of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature. In this podcast, we look at the representation and celebration of females in children’s literature. Contributing to this podcast are Patricia Kennon, lecturer in children’s literature in Maynooth University, and Valerie Coghlan, an independent researcher and lecturer who has a particular interest in Irish children’s literature and in visual narratives. This podcast discusses the Bold Girls project and the current exhibition in Trinity College Dublin, Story Spinners: Irish Women and Children’s Literature. Our speakers share with us a little about the background to these current initiatives and their importance in contemporary Ireland. This podcast also examines wider issues of girlhood and gender, women writers for children, diversity in children’s literature, as well as Irish-language literature within these initiatives, and the target audience for the Bold Girls project and exhibition. Finally we explore the strategic links between these initiatives and other research or national projects, and the practicalities of undertaking and running successful initiatives that engage the public.


Podcast 3  “Come Away, Oh Human Child!: The Adaptation of Adult Texts for a Child Audience”

In the third ISSCL podcast, Brian McManus discusses the fascinating topic of adapting adult texts for children in the context of the work of two great Irish authors, W.B. Yeats and Jonathan Swift. Brian’s guests on the podcast are children’s literature scholars Dr Noreen Doody, who recently edited the O’Brien Press’ anthology collection The Moon Spun Round: W.B. Yeats for Children, and Dr Anne Markey, who has been looking into the relationship between children’s literature and Swift’s 1726 masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels in this, the 350th anniversary of the author’s birth.


Podcast 2 “Conferences and Conferencing”

Our second podcast “Conferences and Conferencing” explores the experience of conferencing for researchers interested in the area of children’s literature. We hear the perspectives of Jane Carrol, lecturer in children’s literature in Trinity College Dublin, and Jamie Murphy an M.Phil. student in Dublin City University. Jane and Jamie  share with us their views on different aspects of conferencing: (a) choosing which conference to attend, (b) networking opportunities at conferences, (c) funding opportunities and challenges, (d) issues involved in organising versus attending a conference, and (e) the specialist topics at conferences. In particular discourse surrounding Irish-language children’s literature.


Podcast 1 “The Afterlife of the Author: Re-issues and Re-discoveries in Modern Children’s Literature”

In our first podcast, “The Afterlife of the Author: Re-issues and Re-discoveries in Modern Children’s Literature”, Róisín Adams and Brian McManus discuss the issue of the publication of the work of a children’s author long after his or her death, and that author’s subsequent inability to assert authorial intention or to insist upon creative control. The discussion focusses on two texts: Irish-language children’s classic ‘Jimín Mháire Thaidhg’ (1921) by Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha (an Seabhac), which has been out of print for twenty years is currently being republished by publication company An tSnáthaid Mhór; and the recently discovered ‘The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots’ by Beatrix Potter, which was published for the first time in September 2016.

Joining Róisín and Brian in this discussion are Andrew Whitson and Dr Ríona Nic Congáil, the creative team behind the re-issue of ‘Jimín Mháire Thaidhg’, and Professor Amanda Piesse from the School of English in Trinity College Dublin, one of Ireland’s foremost scholars in the field of Children’s Literature.