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The Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature 2019 conference explores the theme of ‘Young People’s Radical Literature and Culture’. The keynote address will be given Professor Kimberley Reynolds of Newcastle University. The conference will occur during Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March 2019 in the Marino Institute of Education, Dublin 9, Ireland. You can view the programme and register for the conference at https://issclblog.wordpress.com/. It is now over ten years since Kimberley Reynolds highlighted the importance of radical dimensions of children’s literature inher book, Radical Children’s Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations in Juvenile Fiction. Texts for young people have always been embedded in norms, concepts and systems regarding socialisation, education, and enculturation and offer empowering and disempowering possibilities for everyone who engages with them. Concepts of childhood, youth literature and youth culture are situated and operate within diverse contexts and contested spaces which are negotiated by readers, audiences, publishers, creative industries, authors, librarians, teachers, families, gate keepers, institutions, cultural movements, and political and religious groups. Radical youth literature challenges dominant expectations and norms about childhood, society, socialisation, and young people’s reading, acts as a force for change and encourages children and young adults to question the authority of those in power. […]

Dublin City Council is the authority responsible for local government in Dublin City and is the largest Local Authority in Ireland. The City Council, in conjunction with our partners, is excited to be bringing this major international cycling conference to Dublin, Ireland in June 2019. Dublin successfully hosted the Velo-city conference in 2005. Since then, Dublin has remained committed to sustainable transport and active mobility and has increased the number of cyclists in the city by 147%. The number of Dublin City residents who mainly cycled for their commute is up 48% from 2011. Dublin has also introduced and expanded one of the most successful bike share schemes in the world, Just Eat dublinbikes. Dublin is implementing an ambitious cycle network that incorporates most of a unique UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Dublin has advanced many initiatives to make the city centre more liveable and less car dominated and is looking for SMART ways to use technology to help increase cycling. Dublin is committed to sustainable transport and active mobility and since the mid 1990’s, there has been strong policy commitment to promote modal shift to sustainable travel. As a Smart City Dublin is exploring how technology can help increase cycling and […]