Apologies to those who were hoping that I would be doing a LIVE WEB CHAT on this day, but it has now been moved to July 17
The Social History Society’s conference at Keele University, where I’ll talk about So They Call You Pisher! as an example of having a childhood in which I sensed that I was a part of a minority and one that ‘dissented’ from the mainstream. I will also talk about Emma-Louise Williams’ and my blog secmod.blogspot.co.uk where people post their reminiscences of being at Secondary Modern School
I’ll be the quizmaster in a pub-quiz style event for the St John’s Hospice in Hackney. It’ll take place at Stoke Newington School. I hope I’ll win…oh hang on, something wrong there…
Talk for teachers at the English and Media Centre in Islington on how questioning of Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils can be too narrow, even to the point of missing the purpose and true meaning of a book or passage.
Event in Wolverhampton where I will be helping teachers be enthusiastic about reading and writing!
Event in Leyton
Talk at Goldsmiths to Ph.D. students on ways in which when we research it involves two kinds of ‘direction’ – inwards to questions of why and how we are involved and outwards to the subject of the research.
Matchwomen’s Festival commemorating the strike of the workers who worked at the Bryant and May Factory in London’s East EndI’ll talk about my parents as they appear in So They Call You Pisher! (Verso Books)
Children’s Youth and Media Conference in Sheffield – keynote speech.
Islington headteachers’ event
Lyric Theatre London for a Q and A about We’re Going on a Bear Hunt which will be showing there.
Writing for pleasure conference at Canterbury University.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS WILL BE THE LIVE WEBCHAT AT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL. I’m dead keen on answering your questions, doing request performances and doing shout-outs to your class or offspring! Please get in touch at email@example.com
INSET for Sutton teachers
Poetry Workshop 1 for Wandsworth teachers
Colloquium on the education of writers at Oriel College, Oxford.
Budleigh Salterton Festival, Devon
Windsor Festival: – one session for children, one for adults – talking about So They Call You Pisher! (Verso)
Event in Anerley
The late James Berry, poet and fiction writer: conference.
Wiener Library, Russell Square, London – for a talk about my memoir So They Call You Pisher! (Verso) with special reference to using the library to help me uncover the fate of my father’s uncles in the Holocaust. I tell this story in the memoir.
Reading and Rebellion conference
Goldsmiths, University of London
Teachers, librarians etc welcome
British Library to talk about Reading and Rebellion (Oxford University Press) a book about left-wing and ‘alternative’ children’s books 1900-1960, with Professor Kimberley Reynolds and Jane Rosen.
Conway Hall, London: ‘1968 and after: Culture and Education’ talks and Q and A with me, Tariq Ali, Melissa Benn, Ken Loach and Lynne Segal, with Newham Bookshop. All welcome.
Children’s Bookshow Event
Idea Store, Whitechapel, to talk about So They Call You Pisher! (Verso) – very near to where my parents lived, as described in the book!
Medway teachers INSET
Dagenham head teachers
St Paul’s CofE school in Whitechapel