Writing the First World War for Children: A Symposium


The British Library, London
14 April 2014, 2.00—4.45

How do you write about the First World War for younger readers?

This is the question the English Association’s Children’s Literature Interest Group asked themselves as they discussed how to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war.

So we have asked four authors who have written about the war to share their thoughts and experiences with us at a symposium to be held at the British Library on 14 April 2014.

Paul Dowswell was the winner of the ‘Historical Association Young Quills Award’ for Secondary School fiction in 2012 (for ‘Sektion 20’ Bloomsbury 2011) and 2013 (for ‘Eleven Eleven’ Bloomsbury 2012).

Michael Morpurgo is a former Children’s Laureate and award-winning author of children’s books including ‘War Horse’ (Egmont, 2007) and ’Private Peaceful’ (Harper Collins, 2004).

Sarah Ridley is the author of ‘Brothers at War: a First World War Family History’ (Hachette, 2012) and ‘Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War’ (Hachette, 2014).

Marcia Williams is a Fellow of the English Association and a member of the Association’s Children’s Literature Interest Group. Her book ‘Archie’s War: My Scrapbook of the First World War’ (Candlewick Press, 2007) captures the Great War through a child’s eyes with a fascinating fictional scrapbook including real mementos of the day.

The symposium is part of a day organised by the English Association, the British Library and the Historical Association which will begin with a conference on Writing the First World War.


Full day [Conference + Symposium] £75.00

Includes refreshments and lunch

Symposium only £15.00

Includes refreshments

Places are limited so early booking is recommended

Full details of the conference and the symposium together with the online booking form can be found at www.le.ac.uk/ea-ww1

Whether or not you are able to attend the one day conference, you may also be interested in the new World War One website from the British Library that offers access to over five-hundred items, as well as over fifty newly-commissioned articles from experts, academics and authors: http://www.bl.uk/world-war-one/

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