UKLA 52nd International Conference 2016

Literacy, Equality and Diversity: Bringing voices together

This event took place Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July 2016
UKLA 52nd International Conference 2016

This year’s UKLA International Conference is taking place in the relaxing surroundings of the Mecure Hotel in Bristol.

In the increasingly diverse cultural contexts in which literacy development is debated, it is essential that all voices are heard. Our conference aim is to consider the ways in which we intervene to shape future policy and practice so that marginalised voices can be heard on a shared and equal platform with the voices of the more powerful. Alongside our internationally renowned keynote speakers, conference will also feature a wide range of symposia, presentations, seminars and practical workshops, each touching on aspects of this year’s theme of equality and diversity, and all focussed on the learning and teaching of literacy in a range of national and international contexts:

  • multi-literacies and multimodal practices 
  • subject and pedagogical content knowledge in the literacy curriculum 
  • virtual communities and literacy practices inside and outside the classroom 
  • popular culture and its status in the classroom 
  • literacy practices and assessment for learning 
  • imaginative approaches to the teaching of literacy 
  • the role of the literacy teacher and professional development

These, and many more reports and seminars, will feature in this convivial conference and we invite you to join us in the debates and discussions.


  • Friday: Brian Street - Professor Emeritus of language in education at King's, and visiting professor of education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. He has written and lectured extensively on literacy practices from both a theoretical and an applied perspective. 
  • Friday: Daniel Hahn - an award-winning writer, editor and translator with forty-something books to his name. His work with children's books includes co-editing the Ultimate Book Guide series of reading guides, translating a wide range of books from early picture-books to YA, and reviewing for a number of national newspapers.
  • After dinner speaker Friday: Joseph Coelho - Poet, playwright and performer. He has recently been awarded the CLPE children’s poetry award for his first solo poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules!, illustrated by John O’Leary.
  • Saturday: Jim Cummins - Professor with the department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE. He has a keen academic interest in bilingual and multicultural education and second language learning.
  • Saturday: Elizabeth Laird - British writer of children's fiction. She is also known for the large body of folktales which she collected from the regions of Ethiopia. Some of her books, which include The Garbage King and the recently published The Fastest Boy in the World, have been translated into at least fifteen languages.
  •  Sunday (Harold Rosen Lecture): Gabrielle Cliff Hodges-  Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education. Her research focuses on students’ development as readers, aiming to discover more about the social and intellectual processes involved.

There is also an opportunity to attend the conference evening social programme, including a boat tour of the historic Bristol Docks, Dinner and Entertainment.

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Bookings are now closed for this event.

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