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In this 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.