Children’s voices: Are we listening? at The Ark in Dublin

KOirelandevent8 Nov – 9 Nov 2017 – The Ark, Dublin

Simon and Victoria founded Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership in 1997 in Dublin. After growing the not-for-profit for six years on the west coast of Ireland, Orla Kenny took charge of the company and has continued with the mission, with her team of staff and artists, for the past 14 years.

Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership will host a 2-day sectoral event at The Ark as part of its 20-year anniversary celebrations, in partnership with Dublin Book Festival. Simon and Victoria will be speaking and running a workshop at the event that will explore the value of publishing with children, and interrogate how we can support children to be seen and heard within our literature, culture and society.

With the ambitious vision of current policy to reach all children through cultural tuition by 2022, Kids’ Own seeks to ask how we make space for quality and depth of engagement to support children as cultural makers and creators in their own right.

Wed 8 November: Round table discussion (10.30am – 4pm)

Chair: Martin Drury

  • How do we make space for quality and depth of engagement to support children as cultural makers and creators in their own right?
  • How do we recognise and give value to authentic arts practice with children and young people, alongside professional artists?
  • How do we give visibility and credence to the work of children and amplify children’s voices within mainstream culture and literature?


Thu 9 November: A day of practical exploration and creativity

Two practical workshops, exploring print making, digital media, book-making and folding techniques, are open to artists and writers who are interested in exploring meaningful processes of engagement with children and young people.

Workshop times:

  • 11am – 1pm: Workshop with Simon Spain – making figures – all that we are



  • 2pm – 4pm: Workshop with Alain Regnier (Belgium)



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