Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group Conference

Robinson College, Cambridge

Friday 29th August – Sunday 31st August 2008

Speakers at the 2008 conference will include: David Almond, Laurence Anholt, Anthony Browne, Polly Dunbar, Julia Eccleshare, Nicolette Jones, Graham Marks, William Nicholson and the Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.

We will hold debates on the perils of reviewing; a frank look at the current state of the book market; the interaction between children’s publishing and other art forms (e.g. Hollywood).

Workshops/Parallel Sessions will include: how to cope with school visits, taboos, from picture book to cartoon film, how to survive as a poet, literary agents, working in remote areas of Australia, publicity, how to manage time, story-boarding, bringing back op books, an illustrator’s view on schools and festivals, the man from the DTI and much more.

Outings: chauffeured punting, Lucy Boston’s magical house and garden, Althea’s glass studio. An on-site Heffers bookshop will stock delegates’ and speakers’ books.  Exhibitions will include Scope and MA students in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge School of Art.

Venue: Robinson College, Cambridge is a modern college set near the Backs so walking into the centre of Cambridge is a joy – a ten minute stroll along a footpath takes one directly to King’s College.

Robinson opened in 1981, built to a high architectural standard with specially commissioned John Piper windows magnificently displayed in the chapel. A bridge over Bin Brook links the new college buildings to the old Thorneycreek gardens of the 1890s. The wide lawns, small lake, informal woodland, mature trees and borders combine to blend old and new in a peaceful setting.

The standard of catering is excellent and if the weather is glorious you can take your breakfast or lunch outside. Rarely, for a Cambridge college, you can walk on the grass.

All accommodation is en-suite and comfortable with the lecture theatre, dining hall, exhibition area and bedrooms all within the same central space.

Getting there

Travelling to Robinson is simple. Parking will be available for all delegates and from the motorway there is no need to negotiate Cambridge town centre. There is a frequent and quick train service from London and the college is a short taxi-ride from the station. Download a map here

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Please download a booking form and send to: CWIG Conference 08, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London, SW10 9SB together with payment details.

Queries to Enid Stephenson by email at

If you don’t wish to put credit card details on paper please telephone the office on 020 7373 6642.

All bookings will be acknowledged.


Full Residential (Friday early evening to Sunday afternoon):

Members £255 + VAT = £299.62

Non Members £295 + VAT = £346.62


Non Residential (Saturday and Sunday only, includes all meals except breakfast):

Members £160 + VAT  = £188

Non Members £200 + VAT = £235

Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Society of Authors’.