ASCEL Virtual Conference 2020

Friday, 30 October, 2020

A BRAVE NEW WORLD:   libraries helping children and young people shape their future


Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th November 2020   


ASCEL goes online this year, but with the same inspairing range of speakers, including:

Day 1

A message from Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Digital & Culture 

A Brave New World for Libraries Panel: Sheila Bennett DCMS, (Chair) Isobel Hunter Libraries Connected, Carol Stump President Libraries Connected, Annika Eadie-Catling Head William Davis Primary School, Matthew Burton, Head Thornhill Academy.  

Reading, Relationships and Well-Being: Links with Social Exclusion, Prof. Robin Banerjee, Head of School of Psychology, University of Sussex

Author Kate Milner talks about her powerful book It’s A No Money Day


Day 2

Reading, Health & Social Prescribing: Jo Ward, Change Maker NHSE North West Social Prescribing Network Lead

A Look Inside the Reading Brain - Nicola Morgan, Author and Trainer

World Book Day, Cassie Chadderton, CEO


Day 3 

Education in this Brave New World: Geoff Barton General Secretary Association of School and College Leaders

Literacies, Libraries, Life: Professor Sonia Blandford CEO Achievement for All

Fair Education Alliance: Sam Butters Co CEO


Day 4

The Black Curriculum: Ilhan Awed The Black Curriculum

Being Brilliant, Being Happy & Building Resilience, Andy Cope Author, Trainer & Doctor of Happiness

NSPCC, Sophie Gold 

Brave New World for Reading panel: Alyx Price Associate Publisher Macmillan Children’s Books, Stephen Pryse Chair of BA Children’s Group, Katrina Gutierrez, Lantana Publishing and Annie Everall Director Authors Aloud UK


Conference closed by Alex Wheatle: Reading is Magic