Be curious. Endlessly Curious. Go on asking questions. Never stop wondering why or how one thing links to another. How something changed. How one thing turned into another…Be curious.
— Michael Rosen, MakeBelieve Arts PAtron

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:

Bethany CE VA Junior School, Bournemouth,  who are saying "Hello," here...

The Bishop's Church of England VA Primary, Thetford, who are greeting you here...

Emmaus Catholic and Church of England Primary School, Sheffield, who are saying "Hiya," here...

Scunthorpe C of E Primary School, Scunthorpe, who are ready to start here...

St John’s Church of England Primary School, Durham, who are saying "See you there," here...

St Marys C of E Primary School, Brent, London, who are looking forward to the conference here...

St. Stephen’s Church of England Primary School, Lambeth, London, who are saying "Hi," 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

Keynote Inspiration

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: