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YA Literature and its role in destigmatising mental health issues

Podcast Episode: 99

Rhian Williams-Clement, MA Publishing

With the numbers of children and young adults getting diagnosed with mental health conditions increasing, it’s more important than ever that we have open and honest discussions with our young people about mental ill-health. Mental health illnesses have for years, been shrouded in secrecy, with negative discourse surrounding them. So, how can the publishing industry destigmatise and encourage constructive conversations about mental health through our young adult books and begin a dialogue with our young people about their own mental health?  

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Duration: 00:03:33

Posted on 18 Jan 2022 around 11am

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‘Addressing the Zeitgeist’

Podcast Episode: 98

What Authors and Illustrators Need to Succeed in Children’s Publishing

Dave Rogers, MA Publishing featuring literary agent James Catchpole.

Join me, David Rogers, and my guest, literary agent James Catchpole (http://www.thecatchpoleagency.co.uk) as we discuss what illustrators and authors need to succeed in contemporary children’s publishing.  During our talk, we consider four key principles of finding success: the importance of having an individual voice, how vital it is to know the audience and industry you are writing or illustrating for, the significance of a good story, and an appropriate consideration of societal issues, such as diversity and representation. Examples of successful children’s and YA books are also provided, and further insights are referenced from a range of industry professionals.

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Duration: 00:05:42

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Audiobooks for children: Are they beneficial for literacy or are they just a lazy way out of reading

Podcast Episode: 97

Audiobooks for children. Are they beneficial for literacy or are they just a lazy way out of reading? This is the question we will be trying to find answers to in today’s episode. Are there any advantages of audiobooks over physical books? Are they more attractive for children? What about reading levels, does the auditive dimension overcome this barrier? Should we feel like we’re cheating if we encourage children to listen rather than read books? We will be looking at research from the National Literacy Trust that analyses this issue. Tune in to find out more.

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Duration: 00:03:40

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Four things you need to know about children’s non-fiction publishing

Podcast Episode: 96

Stacey McDevit, MA Publishing

In this podcast episode, Publishing Studies MA student Stacey McDevitt explores four key areas of children’s non-fiction publishing relevant to today, reporting on the thriving UK and USA markets and delving into trends in children’s non-fiction, formats, diversity and inclusion, and new highly anticipated non-fiction imprints to look out for such as Hardie Grant’s Bright Light and Macmillan’s Neon Squid Books.

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Duration: 00:06:09

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For the love of it: publishing picture books in translation

Podcast Episode: 95

Sophie Jones, MA Publishing featuring Greet Pauwelijn of Book Island

In this podcast, Sophie Jones explores the UK market for picture books in translation and why so few mainstream publishers are engaged in this area of children’s publishing. In an interview with Greet Pauwelijn of Book Island, she discovers the key role played by small, independent publishers in increasing access and bibliodiversity, and learns about the difficulties they face in bringing picture books from abroad into the UK market. 

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Duration: 00:06:00

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Discussing Mental Health with Your Child Through Picture Books

Podcast Episode: 94

Alex Galecka, MA Publishing

Picture books are an excellent way to start conversations with young children about mental health issues that affect us all. It can be a difficult topic to approach, especially if you are not sure how to initiate or explain the subject. In this episode, our podcaster will share their top picture book recommendations for discussing mental health with children, as well as why addressing it is important for their emotional intelligence.

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Duration: 00:05:30

Posted on 17 Jan 2022 around 6pm

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