The annual Curiosity Conference is a Key Stage 2 storytelling event led by children, for children. Schools from across the country gather each year to share their most imaginative ideas in keynote presentations, asking life’s burning questions, such as: “What if money didn’t exist?”; “What if we could teleport?”; and “What if animals kept humans as pets?”. The event gives children a chance to develop their presentation skills, improve their confidence and work with other children to really engage their curiosity. Participants will have the opportunity to present their stories through a variety of art forms such as drama, poetry, puppetry and music.
Following on from the huge success of Curiosity: A Children's Conference in 2016, our funders the Ironmongers' Foundation brought us back once again to work with pupils across the country in 2017. Just like last year, an audience of curious minds gathered to listen to the most interesting insights from the keynotes speakers and visionaries of tomorrow. If you have ever thought "...I wonder what would happen if...?" then you'll probably find the answer here.
The schools that participated this year are:
Emmaus Catholic and Church of England Primary School, Sheffield, who are saying "Hiya," here...
As per 2016 this years conference took place over two days in March (21st and 22nd) and was held once again at the amazing fairytale-like surroundings of the Ironmongers' Halls, the home of our funders, Shaftesbury Place, Barbican, London EC2Y 8AA http://www.ironmongers.org/
Here are...the pictures, films and curiosoities from this year's fantastic event...
Every curiosity was illustrated once again in real time by our real friend Jon Ralphs.
Here's a sample of some of the Curiosities from this year's conference in March 2017
2017 year’s keynote inspiration for the conference was by author, Sally Gardner.
Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist who has sold over 2 million books in the UK and her work has been translated in to more than 22 languages. Her novel, ‘Maggot Moon’ (Hot Key Books 2012), won both the Costa Children’s Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal 2013. Sally’s genre-defying novel, ‘The Double Shadow’ (Orion 2011) received great critical acclaim and was also longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2013. ‘The Red Necklace’ (shortlisted for 2007 Guardian Book Prize) and ‘The Silver Blade’, are set during the French Revolution, the film rights for which have been purchased by Dominic West. Sally also won the 2005 Nestle Children’s Book Prize for her debut novel ‘I, Coriander’. She is currently writing the popular ‘Wings & Co’ Fairy Detective Agency Series (Orion) for 7-11 year olds – hailed as ‘Agatha Christie for kids’ – and has also had published a Young Adult fiction novel, which is a modern gothic tale called ‘Tinder’, illustrated by David Roberts, 2013 (Orion).
Sally has a fascinating and inspiring early life story and you can find out all about it on her website.
You can visit her website HERE
See Sally's welcome message to the Curiosity 2017 schools here: