Colonial History in Children’s Books and Stories: a workshop & conversation

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachWorkshop and other training


    How was colonial history represented in the books and stories of your childhood and teenage years? What should the ingredients be for stories written today which explore Britain’s colonial history? How can we make spaces for young people to digest these harrowing and complex histories in a way that engages their emotions and identities? The Centre for Literature and Inclusion invites you to this ‘Colonial history in Children’s Books and Stories’ event. It is both a workshop and conversation with creative professionals to help begin unpacking these important themes.

    Organised in conjunction with poet and creative consultant to the University of Roehampton Laila Sumpton and special guest Sandra A. Agard - a storyteller, poet and YA writer who has worked with libraries across the capital and now is in the Education team at the British Library. Both creative professionals have been writing new work on colonial history and delivering workshops through Poetry vs Colonialism to schools, trainee teachers and heritage staff.

    Estimated audience numbers (if applicable)

    30 and upward: PG Students, academics, teachers, librarians, creative practitioners - this workshop allowed for networking beyond the University of Roehampton. The conversation started in this workshop is ongoing and shared with schools, trainee teachers and heritage staff. It is also linked to the PG Summer Gathering in terms of delegate crossover, which took place on Saturday 11th June 2022.
    Period10 Jun 2022
    Degree of RecognitionNational