Ways Into Reading Conference, Oxford

Next Saturday, 12th October, sees the bi-annual Oxford Children’s Book Group conference. This one-day event is packed with speakers from the breadth of children’s literature and is based on the theme “Ways Into Reading”.

Tickets are still available, and a booking form can be downloaded here. It’s £30 for non-members and £25 for members of Oxford Children’s Book Group (membership cost £15 for the year and includes three issues of Carousel magazine.) The cost is ridiculously low for an event of this kind and includes lunch.

If you can get to Oxford for next Saturday, then this is going to be an event to remember. It’s being held in historic Oxford University Press buildings in Great Clarenden Street, Oxford, and tours of the OUP museum can be taken during the lunch hour.

Programme

09.15 – 09.45 Registration with coffee and Danish pastries

09.45 – 09.50 Introduction
Jo Steele and Kathy Lemaire (Co-Chairs OCBG)

09.50 – 10.40 A room full of friends – the appeal of series fiction
Victor Watson

10.40 – 11.15 Project X: The role of the reading scheme in the lives of 21st century
children Andrea Quincey, Senior Publisher, Primary Literacy team, OUP

11.15 – 11.45 Coffee

11.45 – 12.30 Ways into reading – picture books, story sacks and stories aloud
Author and illustrator, Tracey Corderoy

12.30 – 13.15 The comic gateway to reading
Tom Fickling and Caro Fickling, The Phoenix Comic

13.15 – 14.00 Lunch and OUP Museum visits

14.00 – 14.40 Mum and magic: children’s use of language and children’s dictionaries
Vineeta Gupta, Publisher, Children’s Dictionaries, OUP

14.40 – 15.30 Dangerous Books
Andy Mulligan, Author

15.30 – 15.45 Narrative: the journey and the destination
Bill Laar, Education and Literacy consultant

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