November 2012 saw the joint annual conference of the British branch of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY UK) and the MA course at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University. The theme of the conference was the investigation of aspects of literature for children that were 'Beyond the Book'. From woodcuts to e-books, children's literature has always lent itself to reinterpretation and expansion. In its early days, this was achieved through different forms of retelling, through illustration and interactive illustration (pop-ups and flaps), and then through music, film, television and stage adaptation. The contributors to the 2012 conference explored the variety of means by which we transform literature intended for children, and celebrated the vibrant world of creativity that has sought, and continues to seek, different ways in which to engage young readers. Bridget Carrington and Jennifer Harding have previously collaborated as the editors of earlier IBBY UK/NCRCL MA conference proceedings: Going Graphic: Comics and Graphic Novels for Young People; Conflicts and Controversies: Challenging Children's Literature; and It Doesn't Have to Rhyme: Children and Poetry (Pied Piper Publishing, 2010, 2011, 2012).
Bridget Carrington's doctoral research investigated the early history of novels for young adult girls. A retired primary teacher, she writes about and reviews a wide range of children's literature. She has contributed to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (2005) and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and examined the novels of Flora Shaw in A Victorian Quartet: Four Forgotten Women Writers (edited by L. Thiel, E. Lomax, B. Carrington and M. Sebag-Montefiore, Pied Piper Publishing, 2008). She is Editor of the Journal of Children's Literature Studies. Jennifer Harding is a freelance editor and indexer with a regular clientele ranging from children's literature to politics and mathematics. Formerly a lecturer in further education for seventeen years, she followed this with fifteen years with a well-known educational publisher as an in-house editor. She edited What Do You See? International Perspectives on Children's Book Illustration (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), with Pat Pinsent; and Deep into Nature: Ecology, Environment and Children's Literature (Pied Piper Publishing, 2009), with Elizabeth Thiel and Alison Waller. She is Associate Editor of IBBYLink, the journal of IBBY UK.