17 – 26 May


It Is A Proper Book! Writing and Illustrating for Children & Getting Published

Saturday, 18 May
National Gallery of Ireland
€20 / €18

‘So when are you going to write a proper book?’ A practical and informative event about writing, illustrating and getting published, from the #ProperBook series of events aimed at children’s writers and illustrators. Discover what publishers and agents look for when it comes to picturebooks, illustrated books and information books; and how to know whether your manuscript is ready to submit. Learn how much writers and illustrators get paid; the importance of school, library and festival events; all about agents; and online and social media presence. Perfect for anyone interested in children’s books. Come with questions and you’ll leave with answers!





Introduction by Sarah Webb, Family & Children’s Events Programmer, ILFDublin

10.20am - 11.30am

Writing and Illustrating Picturebooks and Illustrated Books Grainne Clear, Publishing Manager and Art Director at Little Island, talks to three award-winners about their work: Irish picturebook maker and designer, Chris Judge; Norwegian writer and illustrator, Ella Okstad; and English writer and illustrator, Owen Davey.

11.30am - 11.50pm

Break and Bookshop Signing

11.50am - 1pm

Getting Published – Trade Secrets Daiden O’Regan, Children’s Books Ireland, talks publishing with some top people from the book trade: Philippa Milnes-Smith, Managing Director, The Soho Agency, London; Ali Dougal, Egmont Fiction Publishing Director; Conor Hackett, Publishers’ Agent for UK and Irish publishers (Walker Books, Andersen Press, Chicken House, Little Island and many others); and Helen Carr, Senior Editor, O’Brien Press.

Authors and Illustrators

Norway-based illustrator Ella Okstad’s commissions include Ballerina Dreams for Faber and Pip Jones’ Squishy McFluff books. Chris Judge is an Irish illustrator, artist and children’s picture book author whose first picture book The Lonely Beast won an Irish Book Award. UK-based illustrator Owen Davey’s work includes a popular non-fiction animal series. He has won Gold, Silver and Bronze Picture Book Awards.


In association with Children’s Books Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland. CBI is the national children’s books organisation of Ireland. CBI engages young people with books, fosters a greater understanding of the importance of books for young people, and is a core resource for those with an interest in books for children in Ireland.