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Goldsmiths’ Department of Educational Studies is delighted to announce ‘Michael Rosen’s Reading Revolution Conference’. In his position as Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, Michael Rosen has become increasingly concerned that a draconian assessment regime in schools has led to reading for enjoyment being marginalised. He believes now is time for a ‘reading revolution’ where teachers, parents and students take control of the agenda and put reading for pleasure at the heart of what they do. To this end, a unique and thought-provoking conference has been convened in which leading experts and ‘reading revolutionaries’ come together to offer practical advice and rigorous insight into how a reading revolution might work.

Hands-on workshops at the conference include:

The Mindful Reading Revolution. How can mindfulness meditation revolutionise reading for pleasure? How and why do mindfulness strategies help make reading more enjoyable? Dr. Francis Gilbert leads this workshop, where delegates will be invited to meditate and read – but not at the same time!

The Digital Storytelling Reading Revolution. How can digital storytelling be used to turn reading into a meaningful and pleasurable activity that moves across modes and reaches wider audiences? Vicky Macleroy (co-director of the Critical Connections II project) and Sara Hirsch (Spoken Word Educator) show how digital storytelling can revolutionalise reading.

The Reading Revolution Through Drama. Theo Bryer (UCL/IoE) and Maggie Pitfield (Goldsmiths). In this practical workshop we will focus on what takes place between text and reader and the role of drama in this process. As the reader's creative imagination is required to fully realise a text, we will look at ways in which drama might be employed in the classroom to make reading a fully interpretive, interactive and embodied experience.

Reading and Controversy: refugee stories as a catalyst in the classroom? Dr. Julia Hope will examine the issues surrounding marginalised groups reading about themselves, and the implications of her research into this for teachers. She will look at the issue of representation of refugees in literature and discuss how this plays out in the classroom.

Keynote addresses include:

The children’s author, SF Said, who will give a keynote speech drawing on his experiences as a reader, as a writer of texts such as Varjak Paw, and as an author who regularly visits schools and has seen first-hand the life-changing, revolutionary impact of reading for pleasure. For more, log onto his website: http://www.sfsaid.com/

Teresa Cremin on Building Communities of Readers. She discusses research she has been involved in which reveals the significance of teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature and of children as readers, it articulated a clear Reading for Pleasure (RfP) pedagogy and demonstrated the difference that Reading Teachers - teachers who read and readers who teach - can make to building communities of engaged readers. For more log onto: https://researchrichpedagogies.org/research/reading-for-pleasure

Please note that this event will be filmed and photographed for educational and information purposes.

The conference will start at 09:30 in the Lower Ground Weston Atrium. There will be food and drinks throughout the day (tea, coffee, pastries, sandwiches, fruit, juice, water), free WI FI access, and a conference folder with pen and notepad. Please email teacherscentre@gold.ac.uk once you have made your booking if you need a gluten free or vegan option for lunch.

T
he Professor Stuart Hall Building is situated at the back of the Goldsmiths Campus, after the College Green. Once you are on the campus, please walk to the end of Laurie Grove and follow signs to the PSH Building. For directions and finding your way around please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/find-us/.

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