2019 conference

2019 Conference is being hosted by Oxted and Lewes CBG and will be held from 12th to 14th April at Woldingham School, Caterham and the theme is Opening Doors. 

2018 conference

2018 is the FCBG’s Golden Anniversary and the Conference was fantastic. You can download the programme here Conference 2018 provisional programme

Conference took place during the weekend of 13th-15th April at Queenswood School in Hertfordshire.

Speakers included Michael Morpurgo, Zeb Soanes, James Mayhew, Jackie Morris, Jacqueline Wilson, Justin Somper, Sarah Crossan, Katherine Woodfine, Robin Stevens, Kaye Umansky, Meg McLaren and Heather Crossley. The logo was designed by Nick Sharratt. 

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2017 conference

Our 2017 conference was themed Write Around the World. 

Click here to see the conference programme featuring exciting authors, both rising stars and established authors and illustrators, including the Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell. 

The Federation’s annual conference, organised by one of our local children’s book groups in collaboration with the National Executive, takes place every year in spring, in different locations around the country. Talks, debates, seminars, workshops and exhibitions all feature at the conference, which is a great opportunity to hear authors and illustrators discuss their work as well as socialising with others who are passionate about children’s books and getting kids reading.

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Our 2017 conference ‘Write Around the World: Broadening Horizons’ took place in Reading from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th April 2017 at The Oratory School.

Speakers included:

2015 – 2017 UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, historian and TV presenter Lucy Worsley, children’s authors D J Brazier, Caighlan Smith, Jo Cotterill and Jon Walter, performance poet A.F. Harrold and writer, editor and translator Daniel Hahn. Latest confirmations include Nick Denchfield, Wendy CoolingGiancarlo Gemin, Martin Brown, Bev Humphrey, Margaret Bateson-Hill, Kes Gray with Rachel Bright, Emma Shoard with Barrington Stoke’s Bucket List, Cas Lester, Petr Horacek, Nicola Davies and a small publisher panel with Alanna Books and Book Island.

The bookshop was provided by Tales on Moon Lane. Click here to see some photos of the event.new_logo_toml_v1_highres-01 If you want to know more about our past highly successful conferences scroll down the page or visit our newsletter page to read more.




2016 conference

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Our 2016 conference, ‘Building Bridges – Forging connections and growing readers‘, has recently taken place with a host of fabulous speakers from the world of children’s literature.  Pictures from the conference can be viewed below.


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Our 2015 conference took place in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on April 10-12th and was organised by Lincolnshire Children’s Book Group. You can see some pictures here, here and here.


In 2014, our conference, named Books and Beyond, took place in Worth Abbey on April 11-13th. You can see some pictures from here, here and here. books&beyond-colour-web   Feedback from the 2013 conference included: “Excellent range of speakers covering all levels of children’s books as well is styles of speaking from the silly/funny to the serious. Well designed programme.” “The programme and design of the conference exceeded expectations. I found the atmosphere welcoming, warm and friendly and I was very pleased I had decided to attend.” “I love the fact that I can get together with like-minded people who love books and reading as much as me. Listening to authors and illustrators is a wonderful way of inspiring us to share our joy of books with others.” You can read a report from a first time conference attendee in the Summer 2012 newsletter. 2013’s conference took place in Bury St. Edmunds, March 22nd-24th. You can see photos from our 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 Conferences here.

the publishers exhibition conference 2010

The publishers’ exhibition is always popular at conference.

You can read an illustrated report of the 2011 Conference here. You can read an illustrated report of the 2010 Conference here. You can read an illustrated report of the 2009 Conference here.