Thursday, 22 September 2011

YLG conference

It was a great day at the Youth Libraries Group conference at Goldsmiths in London. A truly magical mix of librarians, authors and publishers.

"Opening doors...the power of the story....the importance of stories and storytelling in empowering librarians and young people to develop."

My only regret was that I couldn't make it to the whole conference. There were some amazing speakers. Baroness Greenfield spoke of the importance of imagination, and how allowing our imagination to develop will develop our mind. In an experiment of 3 groups, Group one was told to stare at a piano for 2 hours a day for a week. Group 2 was told to stare at the piano, but imagine their fingers were playing on the keys. Group 3 was told to play the piano for the same period of time. At the end of the week, brain scans showed the same development in the areas of the brain for the piano players and those who had imagined playing the piano! Just shows how simply by imagining we can increase our brain power.

I sat on a panel event with fellow debut authors;

S.C Ransom with her book one of a trilogy, Small Blue Thing
Irfan Masters with his book, A Beautiful Lie
Chris Westwood with his book, The Ministry of Pandemonium

The talk was led by librarian, Matt Imrie who kept the conversation relaxed and informal. The books were all very different, from London based paranormal romance, to historical partition of India and Pakistan, to ghostly paranormal. It was interesting to hear other authors' routes to publication and their writing process  and what inspired them to write too.


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