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

NAWE Virtual Conference
Friday 12 & Saturday 13 March 2021

Join us, fellow writers working in education and community settings and special guests, for the NAWE annual conference which for the first time will be online. This will be an opportunity to share, to network and to raise a glass to resilience, all from the comfort of your own home!

We have a packed programme of 50+ sessions lined-up for you to choose from, including readings, workshops, panels and talks across the themes of teaching, wellbeing and practice research.

Highlights include:

  • CONFERENCE LAUNCH On Friday morning, we’re delighted to have a creative welcome from Daljit Nagra, poet and chair of the Royal Society of Literature. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Mairi Kidd, new Chief Executive of Seven Stories, Richard Russell, Chief Operating Officer of Arts Council England and NAWE’s chair Jonathan Davidson to consider where we are and what next for our sector.

  • IN CONVERSATION We're also very excited to announce that we have special guests Kate Clanchy, Kit de Waal and Romalyn Ante in conversation. Kate Clanchy will be joining us as our guest evening speaker on Friday 12th and Kit de Waal on Saturday 13th, with Romalyn Ante joining us on Saturday afternoon.

  • 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 workshop 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.

All sessions are being recorded and will be available for delegates to watch after the conference until Friday 14 May 2021.

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


Bookings open with tickets starting at just £29!  

Booking deadline: noon, Friday 12 March 2021.

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Comments from previous delegates:

"This was one of the friendliest conferences I have ever been to."

"A chance to update, refresh, and come away enthused."

"It always makes me think more deeply about what I do and how I do it."

"An opportunity to connect with a diverse range of writing and teaching professionals, to share work and ideas, to be inspired!"

Conference 2021
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Conference sponsored by

York St John University