The 35th international IBBY congress in Auckland closed on Sunday after four days of speeches, panel discussions and meetings. (IBBY stands for The International Board on Books for Young People). The overall theme was, “Literature in a Multi-Literate World” and issues like: “How do we nurture local and indigenous literature at the same time as meeting the global interests and needs of young?” were discussed.
The unique cultural context of New Zealand impressed the 500 delegates from 60 countries and the whole event was a huge success. The conclusion was that ideas, imagination and emotion captured in very different contexts can be expressed universally and understood by children and young adults thanks to experts and writers like Julia Eccleshare (UK), Katherine Paterson (US), Carole Bloch (South Africa), Nahoko Uehasho (Japan) and many, many others.
The IBBY honour list was presented, and among writers, illustrators and translators being given diplomas was Mudite Treimane from Latvia, honoured for her translation of a book about Emma Gloria by Finnish-Swedish Henrika Andersson. Cao Wenxuan (China) winner of the Hans Christian Andersen award 2016, received standing ovations for his acceptance speech.
Prior to the conference overseas visitors had the possibilities to visit public and school libraries. The directors for the congress, Dr Libby Limbrick and Rosemary Tisdall did a marvelous job together with their team! If you want to find out more about the congress, have a look at the IBBY 2016 website. Below you also find some pictures of people that Helen Sigeland, ALMA director, met during the conference!