#RR_SouthWest Keynote Speakers

Check out the awesome keynote speaker line up!!!!

Maz Evans:

Maz’s writing career began in journalism as a TV critic and feature writer. After working as a creative writing lecturer, she founded Story Stew, an anarchic creative writing programme that has visited primary schools and literary festivals around the UK, including Hay, Edinburgh, Bath and Cheltenham.

Join Maz Evans, author of the Who Let the Gods Out? series, for a whistle-stop tour through her writing and teaching career, packed with tips and exercises to inspire creativity in your students. Hopefully a bit funny too. Maybe.


James Clements:

‘Authentic Approaches to Reading for Pleasure’

Learning to read and choosing to read are two sides of the same coin: both help to strengthen and reinforce the other. The last few years have seen a growing re-emergence and recognition of the importance of giving children time, space and motivation to read, not to mention introducing them to great books. In his talk, education researcher and writer, James Clements, will share some challenges schools might face to creating an authentic reading culture and offer some suggestions for creative ways to meet these challenges.


Mark McCaughan:

In his 30 years in education, Mark has been a teacher, a Subject Leader, a Key Stage leader, a Senior Leader, a governor, a Local Authority consultant and a Head Teacher. Mark has taught through Key Stages 1 – 5 and has survived 3 Outstanding OFSTED inspections and one Excellent ISIS inspection. 

 Mark has produced the Thinking Spelling series of resources and his first book, “Igniting Children’s Writing” was published by Bloomsbury in April 2018. The book recently won second place at the Primary Times Awards. Mark’s next book – Making Spelling Compelling – is in its scruffy early stages and is due in 2019.  Mark holds his NPQH and is a Leadership Pathways coach. 

In his consultancy work, Mark supports schools to plan and deliver which sticks and leads to sustainable improvements. He is an affiliate of Thinking Matters and advocates a metacognitive approach to teaching and learning. He lives on the Sussex coast and can occasionally be spotted cycling the South Downs, playing cricket or losing arguments to his teenage children.

Igniting Children’s Writing:

This session will be a chance to consider about how effectively the skills of spelling, thinking, talk, listening and reading are influencing and improving writing in your school. Mark will also share his WRITER sequence and share some classroom strategies from his book: Igniting Children’s Writing (Bloomsbury).

Emma Carroll:

Emma Carroll, author of books for ANYONE of ANY AGE – although you’ll probably find them in a book shop or library in the 9-12 section.

You’re most likely to find her hanging out in the Somerset Hills drinking tea and writing under the watchful eye of her Jack Russell terriers.

Inspiration For Writing

Join Emma as she share her ideas and expertise on creative writing ideas.



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