Shrewsbury Bookfest has gathered a superb line-up of renowned speakers and literacy specialists to deliver a full one-day conference that focuses on inspiring children to read for pleasure. The conference takes place on Wednesday 6th December at the University Centre Shrewsbury and will bring together primary school teachers, librarians and other educators from across the county.
Shrewsbury Bookfest’s aim of the conference is for delegates to see, hear and meet leading figures and authors from the world of children’s literature and education in order to gain inspiration and share ideas on how to help children develop a life-long love of reading.
Ali McGowan, Schools’ Co-ordinator at Shrewsbury Bookfest, says: “We are incredibly excited to bring such a special event to Shropshire and to all of our hardworking teachers. We are proud of the programme that has been put together and we are sure it will offer an informative, interactive and memorable day for all involved.”
This Conference has been put together by Shrewsbury Bookfest in partnership with the University Centre Shrewsbury.
Sophie Peach, Chair of Shrewsbury Bookfest says: “In partnership with University Centre, Shrewsbury we are very pleased to welcome to the town some of the leading professionals in children’s literacy. This conference is unlike anything else currently taking place in the county and offers teachers the chance to explore and develop their own classroom skill set for interpreting contemporary fiction.”
The day will consist of keynote talks from renowned national speakers, including:
Nicolette Jones, children’s book reviewer for the Sunday Times for over 20 years and nominated for the Eleanor Farjeon Award for outstanding service to children’s books, who will give the Keynote Address, ‘Secret Rooms – Why Children Need Books’;
Professor Allan Owens, Co-Director of the Centre for Research into Education, Creativity and the Arts through Practice at the University of Chester, who will also lead a workshop
Christopher Edge, an award-winning children’s author, who will be speaking on ‘How Children’s Books Can Change the World’
There will also be a series of topic-focused workshops:
Mary Roche, acclaimed author of ‘Developing Children’s Critical Thinking through Picturebooks’ will demonstrate how carefully chosen picturebooks can be stimuli for classroom discussion.
Karen Howell, Education and Arts Consultant, will be leading a workshop on ‘Teaching Art in the Classroom’
Film-maker Aaron Child will be leading a workshop on ‘Helping Students Explore Film-Making’.
A number of local services and supporters of reading in schools will also be attending the conference and providing further information and resources.
Shrewsbury Bookfest is a registered charity. The Building a Buzz About Books Conference also marks the official launch of its Book Award 2018 reading development project for primary schools. The Bookfest Book Award is a highly successful project that has been run every two years in primary schools across Shropshire since 2010. It has been proved to have had a significant impact on inspiring children to read. Nearly 2,000 children will take part in Book Award 2018 reading, reviewing and voting for their favourite book from a nominated shortlist. The project has been underpinned by funding from trusts and foundations and generous sponsorship from NFU Mutual and Hatfields Jaguar Shrewsbury.
Shrewsbury Bookfest is a registered charity and does not seek to profit from its work. Its growing reputation with national organisations such as The Guardian, publishers, children’s authors and illustrators as being well-run, well managed has underpinned its success in seeking funding from trusts, foundations and sponsors. Ticket prices for this conference have therefore been capped at just £50 per delegate (including lunch).
What? A conference for teachers and educators, to inspire ideas and celebrate all that is good about reading for primary school aged children.
When? Wednesday 6th December 2017, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Where? University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell, SY3 8HQ
Who is this for? For all teachers, leaders, librarians and educators interested in the teaching of reading and helping children develop a life-long love of books. The day will conclude with the reveal of Shrewsbury Bookfest’s Big Book Award 2018 shortlist for those schools and teachers taking part in this project. (The conference is open to both those participating and not participating in Book Award 2018).
How to book? www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsbury-bookfest
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