Publishing Visit to Bologna Children’s Book FairBlazing spring sunshine greeted staff and students from the Publishing Department to the Bologna Children's Book Fair. From 27-30 March 2006 Claire Squires and nine MA students visited Bologna, which plays annual host to the biggest book fair dealing with children's publishing and the multimedia industry. As well as gathering information for project work and prospecting for jobs, students had the opportunity to meet with a number of key personnel in the children's book world, including literary agent Catherine Clarke, film scout Fiona Kenshole, publisher Robert Seath of Lion Hudson books, and children's literature editor at the Guardian, Julia Eccleshare.
The warm weather meant we also took full benefit of the opportunity to try out lots of flavours of gelati (ice-cream), as well as delicious Italian staples of pasta and pizza. Many of the students decided on the spot that working in children's publishing was a very attractive career prospect - and hoped to be back in Bologna in future years as professionals!
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