#RRGoesToUni – The Keynote Talks

What a line up!!!!

During the day, you will get to listen to 4 excellent and inspiring keynote talks. Here’s a bit about the speakers and their talks:

Patrice Lawrence

Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. Patrice lives in east London and shares a cat called Stormageddon. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. She loves crime fiction, sci-fi and trying to grow things. Her ideal mixtape includes drum ‘n’ bass, Bruce Springsteen and Studio Ghibli soundtracks. Music can’t help creeping into her books. Her debut novel, Orangeboy, won the Waterstone’s Book Prize for Older Readers and the YA Book Prize, and her second novel, Indigo Donut, won the Crime Fest Best Crime Fiction for Young Adults and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. @LawrencePatrice

We All Deserve a Story That’s Ours

Patrice Lawrence, award-winning author of Rose, Interrupted and a brand new Enid Blyton Malory Towers story, will be introducing herself and her writing. Speaking about growing up, her reading habits as well as her experiences and inspirations, Patrice will highlight the importance of all readers seeing themselves in books and stories.


Andrew Moffat

Andrew Moffat has been teaching for 24 years and is currently Personal Development Lead for Excelsior Trust in Birmingham. In 2019 Andrew found himself at the centre of protests against LGBT equality in primary schools and No Outsiders was pushed to the forefront of a national debate on teaching about different families in the UK. A year later No Outsiders remains a key strength of Andrew’s school and he regularly contributes to conferences and training days on teaching equality in primary schools.

No Outsiders

“No Outsiders” prepares children for life in modern Britain by recognising the diversity that exists in our communities and talking about it with enthusiasm. 2020 can be a scary place for a ten year old and messages of disharmony are all around us; how can schools promote an alternative narrative to the one some children will be hearing outside the school gates, which is based on fear and mistrust? Schools need to be finding ways to explore positive attitudes towards diversity and building an ethos where even the youngest children know everyone belongs and no one should be left out.


Karl Duke

Karl is the headteacher of a small school in Lincolnshire. Since his appointment three years ago he has worked with his team to develop a reading-inspired curriculum to ensure children are exposed to quality picture books and novels throughout their journey in primary school. He believes wholeheartedly in the role leaders in school have in modelling and promoting reading for pleasure.
He previously enjoyed a range of leadership roles in schools around the county including subject leadership and assistant headship. For a number of years he worked as a Literacy Consultant supporting headteachers, middle leaders and teachers delivering national and regional strategies (including Talk for Writing and Visual Literacy) as well as developing his own materials for use in the classroom, many of them with a creative link to books and film.
Karl is active on Twitter (Duke Skywalker @KarlDuke8) and blogs regularly  about the use of picture books (#PictureBookCurriculum) and writing strategies to use in the classroom (@DetailDetects1 #DetailDetectives) as well as being one of the four curators of @ClubPictureBook. Last year, his school was chosen to host the #ReadingRocks_PopUp event in July after being recognised for its approach to promoting reading.
Creativity has always been a significant driver and inspiration in Karl’s career and he is never happier than being in the classroom exploring picture books with children.

HeadTEACHER: HeadREADER

How does an early exposure to words and pictures play such an important role in the leadership of a primary school? Karl will take us on a journey from his working class reading roots to being appointed headteacher in a Lincolnshire school and recognising the need to be a Headteacher:Headreader to ensure reading is the inspiration for learning.


Steven Lenton

Steven Lenton is a multi-award winning illustrator, originally from Cheshire, now working from his studios in Brighton and London. He has illustrated many children’s books including ‘Head Kid’ and The Taylor Turbochaser’ by David Baddiel , ‘The Hundred And One Dalmatians’ adapted by Peter Bently, The Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam series by Tracey Corderoy, Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s fiction titles and Steven Butler on the Sainsbury’s Prize winning ‘The Nothing To See Here Hotel’ series. He has illustrated two World Book Day titles and regularly appears at literary festivals and live events across the UK. Steven has his own ‘Draw-along’ YouTube Channel, showing how to draw a range of his characters. Steven has also written ‘Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights’ and was 16th in the Bookseller Best-Selling Illustrator Chart 2019.

#DrawAlongALenton

Join Steven as he shares his journey into illustration, giving us some top tips for drawing along the way. Then, get your pencils ready as we will be privileged to have a LIVE #DrawAlongALenton !

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