Unlocking the Power of Stories Conference

Are you interested in or working in the area of children's literacy and reading for pleasure? 

Do you want to share ideas on how to help children develop a life-long love of books?

Do you want to hear from nationally renowned educators and specialists in children's books, literacy and education?

Then come to this conference, right in the heart of Shropshire, to share strategies to empower, unlock the power of stories and inspire the most reluctant of readers.

For the third year running, Shrewsbury Bookfest is bringing together experts and delivering this sell-out conference for anyone interested in or working within the primary school age group.

Thanks to support from the University Centre Shrewsbury and energetic efforts by the Shrewsbury Bookfest team in winning funding support from trusts and foundations, this full day's conference has been subsidised and is therefore available for just £95 per seat.

Topics covered during the conference will include:

  • How to use quality picturebooks to help children make playful connections with their increasingly philosophical world.
  • How can we use empathetic responses to deepen and encourage children's engagement with texts?
  • How do some youngsters perceive themselves as readers?  What do they feel caused their unwillingness to read?
  • Opportunities to bring stories to life and consider the role of children’s literature in fantasy play and the creation of story world.
  • Specific focus on how high-quality texts can help develop children’s empathy skills.

Featuring speakers and workshop leaders:

PRUE GOODWIN - freelance lecturer in literacy learning and children’s books, consultant to children’s publishers and to organisations concerned with national standards of literacy (e.g. Book Trust, CILIP and National Literacy Trust).

JO COTTERILL - award-winning and Carnegie Medal nominated writer for children and young adults, her books cover issues from bullying to Down's syndrome to emotional neglect.

JON BIDDLE - senior teacher at Moorlands Primary Academy in Norfolk, winner of the 2018 Egmont Reading for Pleasure Teacher Award, co-ordinator for the national Patron of Reading initiative and member of the UKLA National Council. Regular contributor to the Open University Reading for Pleasure website and  reviewer for Books For Keeps and Just Imagine Story Centre.

SARA STANLEY - EYFS teacher and consulting partner with Just Imagine Story Centre, specialist in in philosophical play and creating imaginative narrative storyplay worlds for literacy.

Click here for the full programme of the day.

Key Facts:

When?  Wednesday 20th November 2019 from 9.15am to 4pm

Where?  University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell, SY3 8HQ

Who is this for? For all teachers, leaders, librarians, educators, uni students – anyone interested in helping children develop a life-long love of books.

How much?  £95 per person (to include lunch and refreshments). 

How to Book:   www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsbury-bookfest