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  • Coming Up Next | REIYL Community

    Upcoming Events Online Event REIYL Lite 2022 Safe Passage and Self-Care: Navigating Academia and Publishing for New Researchers and New Professionals 14 APRIL TO 5 MAY THURSDAYS, 6 PM (BST) ​ We are offering a free symposium for 15 BIPOC participants to help facilitate conversations on navigating academia and the world of children’s book publishing as safely as possible. ​ Download our poster for more information on our speakers This is one of the first programmes leading up to our REIYL conference in August of 2022 which is themed, "Safe Passage: Trauma Recovery and Community Restoration in Inclusive Youth Literature and Beyond". ​ Apply here Registration is free. Applications close 4 April, 6 PM (BST) Participants will be notified by 8 April REIYL 2022 Safe Passage: Trauma Recovery and Community Restoration in Inclusive Youth Literature and Beyond DATE TBC

  • REIYL Community | Researchers Exploring Inclusive Youth Literature

    Welcome! Welcome to REIYL! We’re glad to have you here. Our purpose is to bring together folks - including academics, teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators, and publishers - working in and with inclusive youth literature. We organise a series of events and conferences, both in-person and online, aimed at exchanging ideas and fostering community. More about us ONLINE | 14 APRIL TO 5 MAY | THURSDAYS, 6 PM (BST) REIYL LITE 2022 Apply now More about REIYL Lite Apply now To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Our Core Programmes REIYL Our flagship conference takes place biennially to bring together folks working in and with inclusive young literature. COMING INTO VIEW A programme that focuses on the experiences of readers and advocates for their inclusion and participation in research on inclusive youth literature. REIYL LITE A biennial programme that focuses on promoting equitable experiences for new researchers and publishing professionals. Contact Email us at Follow and engage with us on Twitter Find us on Facebook

  • REIYL Lite 2022 | REIYL Community

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  • What We Do | REIYL Community

    Our Core Programmes REIYL Our flagship conference takes place biennially to bring together folks working in and with inclusive young literature. The REIYL Conference is our flagship programme that takes place biannually. The inaugural conference was held in Glasgow in 2019 with over 50 delegates attending from all over the world. Panels focused on research by emerging and established academics as well as children’s authors. Each conference is intended to facilitate REIYL’s mission of bringing together folks under a broad banner of researchers working in and with inclusive youth literature - such as academics, teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators, and publishers - in-person and online to exchange ideas across disciplines and foster community. COMING INTO VIEW A programme that focuses on the experiences of readers and advocates for their inclusion and participation in research on inclusive youth literature. Developed by Rita Faire, Coming into View began as a six-week programme that sought to learn about children of colour’s sense of belonging in the books they read while also advocating for their increased agency and active participation in the discourse around representation in youth literature. Based on the success of this initial programme, our intention is to develop Coming into View into a biannual event that will continue to focus on how children of colour experience belonging in books. REIYL LITE A biennial programme that focuses on promoting equitable experiences for new researchers and publishing professionals. REIYL Lite is an online symposium for new researchers and publishing professionals. The symposium consists of toolbox-building sessions facilitated by industry and academy leaders. All of the facilitators will be people of colour.

  • REIYL Spaces 2021 | REIYL Community

    REIYL Spaces 2021 REIYL Spaces was a series of virtual conversations over the summer of 2021 about race and racism in depictions of museum spaces in youth literature in collaboration with the Manchester Museum's "Black History Month and Beyond" programme. We had three speakers: Zetta Elliott, Danielle Jawando, and Rita Faire. Watch a recording of Zeta Elliott's talk Read a blog post by REIYL co-founder B.J. McDaniel In Collaboration With

  • How We Got Started | REIYL Community

    The Story of REIYL The idea for Researchers Exploring Inclusive Youth Literature (REIYL) began in January of 2018 when doctoral students Breanna J. McDaniel at the University of Cambridge and Joshua Simpson at Strathclyde University began a conversation about justice and equity-focused research on inclusive representation in children’s literature in the UK. From this came the idea of bringing together like-minded students and established academics dedicated to the study and analysis of current research, in the UK and abroad, to form a network through this first conference. We facilitate teaching and knowledge exchange with the hopes of building a more engaged and interconnected community, so that gains made in one space can reach other spaces in a timely and even manner.

  • Past Events | REIYL Community

    Past Events Aug 8-10, 2019 REIYL 2019 Glasgow, UK

  • Who We Are | REIYL Community

    The Steering Committee DARREN CHETTY Advisory Board Member Darren Chetty's You Cant' Say That! Stories Have To Be About White People appeared in The Good Immigrant (2016). He co-writes, with Karen Sands O'Connor, a regular column for Books for Keeps examining representations of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic people in British children's literature. Darren is a member of the steering group for the Reflecting Realities project at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). In 2019 he co-authored, with Adam Ferner, How to Disagree: Negotiate Difference in a Divided World and with Jeffrey Boakye, What Is Masculinity? Why does it Matter? And Other Big Questions . Darren taught in primary schools for twenty years and is currently a Teaching Fellow at UCL. RITA FAIRE Advisory Board Member & Programmes Rita Faire is a PhD candidate and Associate Lecturer in Publishing at the Scottish Centre of the Book in Edinburgh Napier University. Her current research examines the implications of conglomeration and co-editions on the periphery picturebook publishing environments of Europe – specifically Scotland, Ireland and Sweden. Rita is also a writer, editor and graphic designer who has worked with several award-winning publishers including dyslexia-friendly children’s publisher Barrington Stoke. SARAH HARDSTAFF Advisory Board Member & Fundraising Sarah Hardstaff recently completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge, specialising in children's lite­rature and the works of Mildred Taylor and Cynthia Voigt. Her background includes work in autism support and advocacy, and educational publishing and e-learning. Sarah is currently developing two research projects: one on representation and identity in football fiction for young people, and one on conceptualisations of 'growth' in children's literature. Other research interests include eco-criticism, economic criticism, representations of healthcare, and food studies. ​ÉLODIE MALANDA Advisory Board Member Élodie Malanda received her PhD from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris, France) in 2017. She has worked as a script doctor and screen writer and as a dancer. She’s also been blogging about creative ways to deal with cancer. She now works at the International Youth Library in Munich, where she is responsible for the educational projects. Her book about the pitfalls of good intentions in children’s and youth novels about Africa has been published in France (Honoré Champion) in July 2019. BREANNA J. (B.J.) MCDANIEL Co-Founder & Co-Coordinator Breanna (B.J.) McDaniel (she/her/hers) is the co-founder of REIYL and an emerging scholar and author. She’s published in myriad academic journals and anthologies and her debut picture book Hands Up! was published with Dial Books in 2019. She has two forthcoming picture books, one with Dial and Denene Millner Books, plus a series of chapter books that she’s writing when she’s not agonizing over her dissertation. Bre’s academic research is focused on surveillance and respectability politics in representations of Black children as food in contemporary picture books. A proud alumna of Emory University and Simmons University, she is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge in England. PHIL NEL Advisory Board Member Philip Nel is University Distinguished Professor of English at Kansas State University (in Kansas, U.S.A). He is the author or co-editor of eleven books, including Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature , and the N eed for Diverse Books (2017). ​ Photo credit: Michael Henry MELANIE RAMDARSHAN BOLD Advisory Board Member & Fundraising Melanie Ramdarshan Bold is an Associate Professor at University College London. She has published widely on inclusive youth literature; alongside numerous publications about contemporary book culture. Her books include: Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom , 2006-2016 (Palgrave, 2019) and Book Trade Activism and Anthologies: Advocating for Change in the UKYA Market (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020). Melanie works in collaboration with the BookTrust to examine the representation of children’s authors and illustrators of colour and explore ways of better supporting them. Additionally, Melanie is currently working on an interdisciplinary research project, Adolescent Identities , which investigates the impact of inclusive YA on minoritised readers. Melanie's connection to inclusive youth literature extends beyond academia, for example she was a judge on the UKYA book prize, and is on the Advisory Boards for the CLPE Reflecting Realities project and the Pop-up Pathways into Children’s Publishing project . EMMA REAY Advisory Board Member & Social Media Emma Reay is a PhD researcher based in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. Her current project combines close readings with census-style surveys to examine the representation of children in contemporary video games. She is also an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, where she teaches a course in Theorising Children’s Literature and another in Critical Approaches to Video Games. FARRAH SERROUKH Advisory Board Member ​​Farrah Serroukh is a Learning Programme Leader at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). Throughout her career, Farrah has always worked hard to centre marginalised voices and keenly advocated for inclusive practices both within and outside of the education sector. Before joining the CLPE, she taught across the primary school age range and held several leadership posts. Her area of specialism and expertise is teaching children whose first language is not English. As well as sharing responsibility for leading on the design, development and delivery of the charity’s professional development programme, she co-leads on the research and development strand of the CLPE’s work. She is the author of CLPE’s Reflecting Realities Survey and leads the ground breaking and award winning work in this area. PARINITA SHETTY Advisory Board Member & Programmes Parinita Shetty is a writer and enthusiast of children’s books. She has worked with books and young people in India in different ways – as an author, a bookseller, a reading programme developer, and a children’s literature festival coordinator. She has an M.Ed in Children’s Literature and Literacies from the University of Glasgow. She is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of Leeds studying intersectionality and critical literacy in fandom, specifically in Harry Potter and Doctor Who fan podcasts. She should be writing but she’s probably looking for cake. JOSHUA SIMPSON Co-Founder and Co-Coordinator Josh Simpson is the co-founder of REIYL. After a decade of practicing law, he left the US to pursue a PhD in Scotland, his adopted home. His research focuses on Section 28 and LGBT+ youth literature. He has taught at the university-level, is an Associate Fellow of Advance HE (the Higher Education Academy), and Executive Editor of International Research in Children’s Literature . He studied Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh and spends his spare time writing fiction for young people.

  • REIYL 2019 | REIYL Community

    REIYL 2019 Out of gallery Call for Papers Panel Bios Programme CfP The Lion and the Unicorn Special Issue Sponsors Civic Reception courtesy of The Rt Hon The Lord Provost and Glasgow

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