Dias, Rundell and Griffiths to close children’s conference

Dias, Rundell and Griffiths to close children’s conference

Three children’s authors from around the world will close this year’s Bookseller Children’s Conference (28th September to 1st October) by giving their vision of the future of reading. 

Marley Dias (pictured), a young author and activist from the US, will share with ticket buyers her personal manifesto for the future of publishing and books, alongside the Australian middle-grade author Andy Griffiths and Katherine Rundell from the UK. 

Charlotte Eyre, children’s editor of The Bookseller, said: “This year’s Bookseller Children’s Conference is more international than ever before, which is why we wanted to represent authors from around the world in our closing session. Katherine Rundell, Andy Griffiths and Marley Dias are some of the most respected voices in their field and they will inspire and uplift conference attendees. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say.”

Dias became known for her #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to collect children's books featuring black, female protagonists. Her book Marley Dias Gets It Done is published by Scholastic and she is the presenter of the Netflix show "Bookmarks", in which celebrity readers share children’s books by black authors. 

Griffiths is an author and comedy author from Australia and is best known in the UK for his Treehouse series of books. His book sales have exceeded nine million copies, according to Macmillan Children’s Books, which publishes him in the UK. 

Rundell, from the UK, is author of five children’s novels and has won many major children’s book prizes, including the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

The three authors will give their manifestos at 4 p.m. on 1st October and will follow speakers from companies such as Random House Children’s Books, Nielsen, LoveMy Read and Cocoa Girl. 

The full programme and information on how to buy tickets is available via the conference website