Something Old, Something New – a WriteAway Conference

From picture books to novels, poetry to comics, oral stories to classic film, this event will assert the importance of values and quality texts for teaching literacy and nourishing young minds. Speakers include John Agard, Anthony Browne, Emma Chichester Clark, Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges, Jonathan Douglas, Nikki Gamble, Prue Goodwin, Martin Jenkins, Nicolette Jones, Jane Ray, Chris Riddell, Morag Styles and Kate Wilson.

An exciting range of practical workshops will present creative approaches to teaching with texts. Presenters include Marilyn Brocklehurst, Darren Coult, Pam Dix, Mel Gibson, Samantha Hardy, Phil McDermott, Cliff McNish, Emma Madden, Sarah Mussi, David Reedy, Kathryn Saeb-Parsy, Luke Slater, Sara Stanley, Mat Tobin and Emma Vieceli.

Date: Friday 22 May 2009

Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm (Registration from 8.30)

Venue: University of London

Fee £150 (£120 before 28th February) Book early to avoid disappointment. We were fully booked a month before the last conference.


8.30 Registration (tea and coffee)

9.00 Something Old, Something New: Nikki Gamble

9.30 The Relevance of Classic Texts: Jonathan Douglas, Director National Literacy Trust; Kate Wilson, MD Scholastic UK; Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges, University of Cambridge

10.10 Poetry: addressing the concerns of the Ofsted survey Morag Styles, University of Cambridge

10.40 Martin Jenkins and Chris Riddell: Writing and illustrating Don Quixote and Gulliver’s Travels

11.10 Coffee

11.40 Workshop A choices

12.40 Lunch at the Royal National Hotel

1.40 Workshop B choices

2.50 Interpreting Hansel and Gretel through illustration: Anthony Browne, Jane Ray, Emma Chichester-Clark chaired by Prue Goodwin

3.40 John Agard: Young Inferno

4.10 Closing words

4.15 Tea and book signing

5.00 Close

Workshop A choices

* Universal Stories: approaches to teaching the old epics
* Fairy Tales and Philosophy
* Approaching classic stories through comics and graphic novels
* Choosing texts for the class and school library
* Storybox: an approach to making stories through traditional
* Telling, reading and writing ghost stories

Workshop B choices

* Shakespeare and Manga
* Classics? Whose Classics? Challenging the literary canon
* From oral storytelling to storywriting
* Teaching Science Fiction through classic films
* Bringing the past to life: historical fiction, costume and artefacts

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