Guardian Reading for Pleasure Conference 2019

July 4, 2019, 09.00 at 17.00

This full day Guardian Education Centre conference, in association with British Library Learning, for secondary school teachers and librarians will explore strategies to engage young people with reading, putting books at the heart of learning.

The conference for secondary teachers and librarians will focus on inspiring students to read for pleasure, reflecting diversity in reading choices, creative writing, visual literacy, critical analysis and reading strategies that raise attainment. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to share good practice.

All conference sessions take place at the Guardian starting at 9.15am and finishing at 3.30pm. Delegates will then get the opportunity to visit the Writing: Making Your Mark exhibition at the British Library at 4pm.

The event will be chaired by the Guardian’s Children’s books editorJulia Eccleshare.

Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild Trilogy, There May Be a Castleand The Lost Magician, will discuss the value of sharing stories and the power of childhood reading and writing for pleasure.

There will be sessions and workshops on successful and practical classroom reading for pleasure strategies and engaging students with a diverse range of authors and texts from the British Library Learning the English and Media Centre, Gautam Malkani, Harry Venning and teachers and educators.

The conference will explore:

  • Ideas for promoting enjoyment and engagement in reading.
  • Raising attainment in reading and writing.
  • Strategies to include a diverse range of voices and texts in the classroom.
  • The writing process and what makes a good book.
  • Different forms and genres of writing.
  • Creative writing inspired by reading for pleasure.
  • Visual literacy.
  • Critical analysis of texts.
  • Working with organisations that promote a love of reading.
  • Being creative with books.
  • Sharing good practice.

The conference costs £120 plus VAT (£144) which includes lunch, resources and optional visit to Writing: Making Your Mark exhibitionat the British Library at 4pm (normally £14).