Creativity in the classroom - Pearson English Conference 2019

Pearson English Conference 2019

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Creativity in the classroom was our chosen theme for the 2019 English Conference, held at The University of Warwick.

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With expert speaker sessions and workshops, our 2019 conference looked at the importance of and ways in which you can incorporate creativity into everyday teaching of English Language and Literature.

On the Friday night we welcomed delegates to a formal dinner and overnight stay, with poetry readings and discussion from award-winning poets, Julia Copus and Daljit Nagra.

Dr Sue Dymoke kicked off the Saturday conference with a brilliant keynote, discussing strategies to engage students in their own writing, and thinking about poets as real people, not only existing within a book.

This was followed by a variety of workshops, including drama focused ways to engage students in studying Macbeth with Jon Seal, using drama to bring 19th century literature to life with Four of Swords, strategies for encouraging and enhancing creative writing with Siddartha Bose, and how to engage disenfranchised post 16 learners with our subject specialist Julie Hughes.

Our speakers

Dr Sue Dymoke is a Reader in Education at the University of Leicester where she researches and teaches aspects of poetry pedagogy. Visit her website.

Julia Copus is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition and Forward Prize for the Best Individual Poem. Visit her website. 

Daljit Nagra is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, on the Council of the Board and trustee of the Arvon Foundation. Visit his website.

Four of Swords has an extensive education programme and has established a reputation for bringing inaccessible texts to life. Visit their website.

Siddartha Bose's work includes poetry collections, theatre work and film. Visit his website.

#DiversityInLit Conference 2020

Thanks to everyone who attended our 2019 Conference. Booking is now open for our 2020 #DiversityInLit Conference, with confirmed lead speaker Lemn Sissay! 

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