G-Book 2 Project on Gender-positive Narratives with Irish Partner DCU School of English
13 June 2020

G-Book 2 Project on Gender-positive Narratives with Irish Partner DCU School of English

G-BOOK 2: European Teens as Readers and Creators in Gender-positive Narratives includes Irish partner, The Centre for Children's and Young Adult Literature, School of English, DCU amongst its six European partners. This project builds on the results of a previous Creative Europe funded project - G-BOOK Gender Identity: Child Readers and Library Collections’ project (2017 – 2019) which created the first gender-positive online bibliography for children.  

Teens’ literature plays a crucial role in the development of children’s gender identity. G-BOOK 2 will strengthen international gender-positive teen literature and contrasting stereotyped narratives that restrict children’s auto-determination. Speaking about the award, Dr Keith O'Sullivan, associate professor in the School of English, and Sue Miller, education librarian at Cregan Library, said:

'It is great that the European Commission has decided to fund 'G-Book 2: European Teens as Readers and Creators of Gender-positive Narratives', which builds upon the work of the original G-Book project and the creation of the first gender-positive online bibliography for children. G-BOOK 2 adopts a similar methodology to the original project and aims to expand the original online bibliography to include literature read by children aged 11 to 14. The Centre for Research in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, School of English, DCU, is excited to be involved in this innovative project (which involves six European partners) and looks forward to working with libraries, schools and organisations, such as Children’s Books Ireland, in disseminating findings.' 

Dublin City University is delighted to work again with the University of Bologna and project partners University of Vigo, University of Paris 13, Regional Library of Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) and City Library of Sarajevo. 

MORE ABOUT G-BOOK 2

In many countries, books for teenagers generally stick to very conservative, narrow-minded views that reiterate stereotyped gender roles. on the other hand, some countries embrace more progressive views and gender-positive works for children and teens are much more diffused. At EU level, all remarkable experiences aimed at promoting gender-positive teens’ literature are limited to single national or local actions with no sharing of knowledgeamong academia, policy makers, publishers and educational institutions.

The main objectives of this project are to support the circulation of gender-positive teens’ literature at a EU level; and engage the target audience (early teenagers) with gender-related topics in an equality perspective and develop their creative skills.

G-BOOK 2 activities will include:

  • Thematic expansion of the first EU Bibliography of gender-positive kids’ literature implemented by G-BOOK by including books for the 11-14 age group.
  • Linguistic extension of such bibliography by including the German language;
  • Audience development and raising awareness activities in middle schools, structured in a 2-year curricular project involving 6 schools from all PP countries.
  • 6 writing contests on gender-related themes; translation and publication of the awarded stories in 6 languages; and transnational visual storytelling of all awarded stories (one per country) to encourage teen’s artistic expression.

G-BOOK 2 will adopt a similar methodology to the original project and will expand the original online bibliography to include literature read by children aged 11 to 14. Have a look at the first project results and rescources here: www.g-book.eu