Today, I had the great pleasure of attending my second Oxford Reading Spree this year. It’s always a joy to listen to people so passionate about reading. So much has happened today (including getting stuck for over an hour in traffic just 5 minutes away from the school!) that I’m just going to focus on a couple of highlights!
As usual, there was a selection of workshops to choose from, but one session was very easy to choose. Martin Galway from Herts for Learning was - as ever- amazing! His session about fluency in reading was both fascinating and entertaining, offering plenty of food for thought and wisdom. It was absorbing from start to finish.
The day ended with A F Harrold. Entertaining as ever, his talk was peppered with poetry and laughter in equal measure. His new collection, ‘Midnight Feasts’, contains lots of poems on the theme of food and is illustrated by Katy Riddell. It’s lovely!
So much else happened- Ross Montgomery was his usual lovely self, Gemma Bagnall spoke beautifully about her Roma heritage and how gypsy, Roma and travelling people are represented in children’s books, Darren Chetty was passionate about the need for representation in books, reading and writing and all the other workshops… No wonder I’m exhausted.
A brilliant day out, perfect for teachers and book lovers, Oxford Reading Spree never fails to deliver an excellent programme with a delicious lunch and fabulous bookshop. (Yes, I did add to my collection!) Huge thanks to Ed Finch and the ORS team for another great event.