Our Podcasts

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.

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 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.