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The United Kingdom Literacy Association announces 2020 conference dates 

Events focus on Writing for Pleasure and the role of spoken language in literacy learning and teaching 

The United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) has announced the dates for its 2020 conferences. 

The UKLA National Conference will take place on Saturday 28 March 2020 at Canterbury Christ Church University. The focus of the conference is Writing for Pleasure and features keynote speeches by David Almond, an award-winning author of both children’s and young adult books, and Phil Ferguson and Ross Young from Writing Rocks, an online network of research-informed #WritingforPleasure teachers.

Workshops by other professionals from across the writing community will seek to explore how writing is taught effectively, how to attend to children’s individual needs and the role of publishing in creating a sense of satisfaction.  

The 56thUKLA International Conference will take place between Friday 3rdand Sunday 5thJuly 2020 in Oxford. The title of the conference is ‘”We need to talk about literacy”: Why spoken language matters in literacy learning and teaching. It features a range of keynote speakers, panel discussions, research presentations and workshops. 

Confirmed speakers include Neil Mercer, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge; Dr Muna Abdi, Lecturer, researcher and poet at Sheffield Hallam University; and M. G. Leonard, the multi-award winning, bestselling, children's author who loves invertebrates.

The call for papers will be circulated on 30 September 2019 and further information about speakers announced in due course. 

Cathy Burnett, President of the UKLA, says: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming hundreds of delegates from across the UK and international literacy communities to UKLA events in 2020. Our events in 2019 proved, as always, very successful with our members who benefited from enhanced knowledge and valuable networking opportunities.”

Editor’s notes

The United Kingdom Literacy Association believes excellent literacy education should be shaped by policy and underpinned by research. For more information: www.ukla.org

* UKLA National ConferenceSaturday 28 March, 10am and 4pm

Writing for Pleasure 

Canterbury Christ Church University, Old Sessions House, North Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 1NX. 

Prices start from £45. 

For more information and to book, visit: https://ukla.org/conferences/event/ukla-national-conference-2019-writing-for-pleasure


* UKLA 56th International ConferenceFriday 3 to Sunday 5 July 

"We need to talk about literacy": Why spoken language matters in literacy learning and teaching. 

Jury's Inn, Godstow Road, Oxford, OX2 8AL

Prices start from £130. 

For more information and to book, visit: https://ukla.org/conferences/event/ukla-56th-international-conference


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