By One Education on 08 Jul 2020
Literacy Conference 2020 - Keynote Speaker: Abi Elphinstone
Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood running wild across the moors, hiding in tree houses and building dens in the woods. After being coaxed out of her tree house, she studied English at Bristol University and then worked as an English teacher in Africa, Berkshire and London.
She is the bestselling and multi-award shortlisted author of The Unmapped Chronicles (Rumblestar), Sky Song, The Dreamsnatcher trilogy and, for younger readers, The Snow Dragon. When she's not writing Abi volunteers for Beanstalk, speaks in schools and travels the world looking for her next story. Her latest adventures include living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia and dog-sledding across the Arctic.
Summary of Keynote
Despite being branded ‘unteachable’ at school, bestselling children’s author Abi Elphinstone went on to become a teacher years later. Drawing on her experiences in the classroom – as a dyslexic child learning to read and write, as a literacy teacher in several schools across the UK and as an author working with thousands of kids every year – she will be talking about how teachers and librarians can motivate and inspire children as they learn to read and write.
She will also be discussing the 96 rejection letters she received from literary agents en route to becoming a published author and what they taught her about determination and self-belief in regards to creativity.
And as a volunteer for the literacy charity, Coram Beanstalk, where she runs a weekly book club for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, Abi will be championing the importance of literacy for all because every child deserves to leave school feeling empowered in their ability to speak, read and write.
Follow Abi on Twitter: @moontrug