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ASLS Schools Conference 2021

October 2, 2021 @ 10:40 am 3:00 pm

The ASLS Schools Conference will offer CPD in areas of language and literature for teachers of English at Secondary, for BGE, National 5, and Higher. The presentations will cover drama, poetry, short stories, novels, and graphic novels, in English and Scots.

This event will be run via Zoom. Login details for the event will be sent out by email on Thursday 30 September.

Please note, this event is aimed at teachers and teachers-in-training, specifically those who are or are likely to be delivering the English curriculum at Secondary in Scotland.


10.40–10.45: Introduction and welcome
10.45–11.15: Bessie Dunlop, the Witch of Dalry (John Hodgart)
11.15–11.45: The poetry of Robert Fergusson (Rhona Brown)
11.45–12.00: Break
12.00–12.30: The short stories of Iain Crichton Smith (Tim Baker)
12.30–1.15: Lunch
1.15–1.45: Novels for Broad General Education: Alan Campbell McLean’s The Hill of the Red Fox (Andrew Young) and Mollie Hunter’s The Thirteenth Member (Morna Fleming)
1.45–2.00: Break
2.00–2.30: Scottish graphic novels: a survey (Maureen Farrell)
2.30–3.00: Itchycoo and Scots Hoose Publications (Matthew Fitt and Bob Hume)

ASLS gratefully acknowledges the support of the Scottish Government towards this conference.

John Hodgart is the former Principal Teacher of English at Garnock Academy, and Secretary of the Education Committee of the ASLS. 
Dr Rhona Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.
Professor Tim Baker teaches at the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen.
Andrew Young is a teacher of English at St Aloysius’ College, Glasgow.
Dr Morna Fleming is a former teacher of Engilsh.
Dr Maureen Farrell is a former teacher of English, and is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow.
Matthew Fitt is an author and poet, and co-founder of the award-winning imprint Itchy-Coo. He is also a qualified teacher, and has taught Scots in over a thousand schools.
Bob Hume is a former teacher of English.

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