UKLA National Conference


Resource type: Conference or Trade Show

Price band: £

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, Adult, EYFS

Region(s): All of UK

Talking Pictures: Developing Visual Literacy is the theme for the UKLA National Conference 2023, which takes place online on Saturday March 4th.  The conference will explore the importance of developing visual literacy skills in order to better navigate and understand the world we live in.

A programme of key note presentations and workshops will give delegates the opportunity to hear from author/illustrators, scholars and practitioners as they share insights and practical strategies that primary and secondary teachers can take back to the classroom. Areas covered include understanding and analysing picture books; using comics and graphic novels to engage and support English development in both the primary and secondary classrooms; and the power of visual literacy in Further Education.

Key note speakers:

  • James Mayhew – best-selling author and illustrator of books for children, including the classic Katie series, Once Upon a Tune, and Ned and the Lonely Fisherman, winner of the inaugural Polari Children’s Prize.
  • Victoria Jamieson – best-selling author and illustrator of books for children, including graphic novel When Stars Are Scattered, shortlisted for the UKLA Book Award and winner of the Shadower’s Award for the 7-10 age bracket.
  • Evelyn Arizpe – Professor of Children’s literature at the School of Education, University of Glasgow and co-founder of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s programme Children’s Literature, Media and Culture.
  • Kate Noble – Senior Research Associate: Museum Learning at the Fizwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.
  • Morag Styles – Emeritus Professor of Children’s Poetry and an Emeritus Fellow of Homerton College, Cambridge.

Cost: £30/£40 for UKLA members/Non-members. Students £10.

About UK Literacy Association: The UKLA is a registered charity dedicated to informing and supporting all those concerned with the development of language, literacy and communication.

Further resources:

  • Find out more about the work of the UKLA and how to become a member here.
  • The Power of Pictures is an award-winning programme from CLPE to help teachers gain an understanding of the importance of illustration and visual literacy in developing young readers and writers.
  • Comics in Class is a blog dedicated to graphic novels and comics by experienced primary teacher Richard Ruddick, one of this year’s workshop presenters.
  • Discover exciting new picture book illustrators by following the Klaus Flugge Prize, awarded annually to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration.
  • The Excelsior Award is an independent, nationwide book award that celebrates the best graphic novels and manga and gives young people aged 9-18 the opportunity to vote on the ultimate winners.
  • Find other literacy conferences and trade shows here.

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