In Brief

4th October 1996 at 01:00
The Naughty Child, The Dead Child and The Child in a Dystopian Society will all make an appearance at a day conference at Digby Stuart College, London, to examine images of children on the page and on screen. The event, on November 9, is organised by the British Section of the International Board on Books for Young People.

As well as workshops on the above topics, there will be a panel discussion with publishers and broadcasters and a film screening. The children's writer Helen Cresswell, who has adapted Enid Blyton and E Nesbit for television, will be the main speaker. Registration costs Pounds 25 for IBBY members, Pounds 30 for non-members. Details from Kim Reynolds, Children's Literature Research Centre, Roehampton Institute, Downshire House, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 4HT.

The role of the translator of children's books has remained generally unsung in this country - hardly surprising as only 1 per cent of books published in England and Wales are in translation. Now two of our top translators each have a 50 per cent chance of winning Pounds 750 and their craft is gaining wider recognition.

Anthea Bell has three titles translated from the German on the shortlist for the first Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation: The Penny Mark by Gert Loschuetz (Turton and Chambers), Lullabies, Lyrics and Gallows Songs by Christian Morgenstern (North-South) and A Dog's Life by Christine Nostlinger (Andersen). Lance Salway, who translates from the Dutch, cleans up the rest of the list with The Story of Bobble Who Wanted To Be Rich by Joke van Leeuwen and The Journeys of the Clever Man by Imme Dros (both Turton and Chambers).

The winner of the 1996 Marsh Award, which covers titles back to 1990, will be announced on October 17. The award will then be made every two years.

Anyone with views on the quality of indexes in non-fiction books, especially those for seven to 11-year-olds, is invited to contribute to research funded by the British Library, possibly by being interviewed or filling in a questionnaire. Write to Paula Matthews, Liverpool Business School, 98 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5UZ. Tel: 0151 231 3453.

Bradford's new Multi-cultural Bookshop opened last Friday with a reading by poet John Agard and is now planning a programme of children's events. It specialises in books on Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, dual text books, language support materials and pre-school and junior titles. Catalogues from Rashid House, Westgate, Bradford, West Yorks BD1 3AA. Tel: 01274 731908.

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