Ed Finch writes;
Last year, on April 1st, some of the most exciting people in the world of books and reading came to a little school in East Oxford and worked together to create the year’s most distinctive day of reading, thinking, discussion and fun.
We had Simon Smith (@smsimon) talking about his life as a reader, Martin Galway (@GalwayMr) on the many splendoured thing that is reading itself, Andrew Moffat (@moffat_andrew) told us about his ‘No Outsiders’ approach to creating an inclusive school ethos through picturebooks, Nick Swarbrick (@nickswarb) made us think hard about the relationship between home, school and reading, Mary Roche (@marygtroche) inspired us with her intimate dialogical approach for developing critical readers.
Author Piers Torday (@PiersTorday) spoke movingly in an intimate interview with Simon Smith, Darren Chetty (@rapclassroom) challenged us to percieve the hidden bias that excludes children from the mainstream of literature, Rhoda Wilson (@TemplarWilson) helped us think about how we could deliver guided reading to our whole class, Sue Cowley (@Sue_Cowley) led workshop particpants through the steps it might take to get their own book from their laptop to the bookshop shelf and the wonderful Mini Grey (@bonzetta) showed particpants how to make their own fliping, folding, surprising little books.
I’ve left so many people out – the Story Museum were there and Chris Smith of Storytelling Schools…. so many more.
For particpants the day was a feast, we learned, laughed, enjoyed, debated and made new friends.
So, what’s a Spree? It’s part conference, part festival, part celebration and it’s all fun. 2018 is shaping up to be even better than 2017 – some of the same people are coming back, some new ones are adding their voices, the programme will be packed, the goody bags will be bursting, the lunch will be insanely delicious (and insanely good value) and the only thing missing is… you! SO, don’t delay, snap up a ticket while there’s some left and let’s get this show on the road.