Let’s ‘explore’ the limitless power of story

By using her novels as examples and the connections to explorers, adventurers and inventors, Vashti will discuss how making extended links to story can raise aspirations, not only in literacy but in lifelong learning, achievement and fulfilment.

By One Education Conferences on 16 Sep 2019

Literacy Conference 2019 - Keynote Speaker: Vashti Hardy


Summary:

By using her novels as examples and the connections to explorers, adventurers and inventors, Vashti will discuss how making extended links to story can raise aspirations, not only in literacy but in lifelong learning, achievement and fulfilment. She will explore how Brightstorm has been used creatively by teachers across the primary curriculum and how you could draw out aspects of stories to inspire, especially in relation to closing the gap of gender inequality within the STEM subjects. She will also give some examples of how aspects of her writing process could be used within the classroom to help spark learning in the children who may not necessarily see themselves as ‘writers’.


Biography:

Vashti Hardy is a writer of children's books living near Brighton in Sussex with her husband and three teens. She was a primary school teacher for several years, and has a special interest in children’s writing, especially free-writing and the use of journals and creating fantasy worlds. She has a first-class honours teaching degree with English specialism and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. After leaving teaching to focus more on her writing, she became a copywriter and digital marketing executive.

Vashti is an alumni member and writing buddy of The Golden Egg Academy and is represented by Kate Shaw of The Viney Shaw Agency, and her books BRIGHTSTORM and WILDSPARK are published in the UK by Scholastic.

Follow Vashti on Twitter: @vashti_hardy

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