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WHAT NEXT? Writing in Education and Communities in 2021 and Beyond

NAWE Virtual Conference
Friday 12 & Saturday 13 March 2021

Thank you to everyone who contributed to and attended NAWE's first virtual conference, which this year was sponsored by York St John University and supported by Arts Council England.

It was wonderful to welcome so many writers working in community and education settings from right across the UK and overseas to a packed programme of 50+ sessions, including readings, workshops, panels and talks on the themes of teaching, wellbeing and practice research.

Recordings of all the sessions (with the exception of Gemma Seltzer Write & Shine and the NAWE evening social events) are available for delegates to view by clicking the links below.

Friday 12 March 2021 Sessions

Saturday 13 March 2021 Sessions

Please note: In order to access these sessions, you must be logged into the website. To login, please click the ‘Member Login’ link in the top right hand corner of the NAWE website. This will take you to the login page. Once on this page, please enter your email and, if you are a NAWE Member, your password.

If you are a Non-Member, then click the ‘Forgotten your password’ link and enter your email. This will start the re-set your password process which will then enable you to gain access.

Once you have successfully logged in, please return to the links above and click the video icon of the session you want to watch.

All content will be available to view until Friday 14 May 2021. If you have any difficulty accessing the recordings, please email admin@nawe.co.uk.

Highlights included:

  • CONFERENCE LAUNCH On Friday morning with Daljit Nagra, poet and chair of the Royal Society of Literature, Mairi Kidd, new Chief Executive of Seven Stories, Richard Russell, Chief Operating Officer of Arts Council England and NAWE’s chair Jonathan Davidson considering where we are and what next for our sector.

  • IN CONVERSATION with special guests Kate Clanchy, Kit de Waal and Romalyn Ante.

  • UK ARTS COUNCILS LITERATURE PANEL discussing the landscape, challenges and opportunities facing our sector Sarah Crown (ACE National), Damian Smyth (ACE NI) Lleucu Siencyn (Literature Wales) Harriet MacMillan (Creative Scotland).

  • UK POETRY NETWORK IN CONVERSATION: Poetry's Not for You - Poetry's for Everyone with Dr Martin Kratz (Chair), Asif Khan (Director, Scottish Poetry Library), Jenny Kinnear, Senior Librarian: Children & Young People, Northumberland County Council (Northern Poetry Library), Chris McCabe (National Poetry Librarian, National Poetry Library) and Becky Swain (Director, Manchester Poetry Library).

  • WRITE & SHINE Early morning writing workshops with Gemma Seltzer

  • BREAKFAST POEMS with The Poetry Business

  • FUNDING FOR WRITERS workshop with Jonathan Davidson

  • OPEN MIC hosted by Yvonne Battle-Felton

  • ZOOM HOUSE PARTY with Silent Adventures

  • PLUS a host of talks, panels and workshops from writers, facilitators and researchers from across our sector and membership.

This conference was a moment to celebrate and look ahead with peers from around the UK and internationally.

Comments from delegates:

'Absolutely excellent. Fascinating, informative and friendly.'

'Still full of ideas and inspiration several days later.'

‘This was my first NAWE conference. It was excellent - stimulating, thought-provoking, well-organised.’

‘An energising and uplifting experience on every level.’

'Great to be in contact with interesting educators, writers, artists, and intellectuals, especially after having been in isolation for so long.’

'The range of events were incredibly useful to my practice as a writer and to my work as an academic.'

'So good to see familiar faces and to meet new people. '


Conference 2021
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Conference sponsored by

York St John University