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Welcome to the website for the

Imagination and literacy: Theory and practice conference

Jointly organised by the:

Reading Association of South Africa (RASA)
International Reading Association (IRA)
International Development Committee-Africa (IDC-A)
Sponsored by Oxford University Press



The purpose of this conference is to open up ways of thinking about imagination and literacy. The theme is Imagination and Literacy: Theory and Practice. The conference will provide a forum for teachers, teacher educators, writers, librarians, researchers, academics, publishers, parents and children and local and international development workers to showcase research, practice and innovative literacy strategies that imaginatively engage literacy development across Africa.

bookThe first three days of this conference will follow the regular conference format with plenaries, colloquia and academic papers as well as opportunities for teachers to showcase good classroom practice. The fourth and final day, Saturday 5th September, will be a day of imaginative events, stalls and installations around the theme of Igniting imagination: reading and writing as pleasure and play, aimed at the widest community of those involved with literacy, reading and writing.

It is possible to attend only SATURDAY without registering for the whole conference.

The objectives of this conference are:

  • To spark new ways of thinking about the power of imagination and creativity for young and old readers and writers;
  • To share research and experiences about igniting imagination in literacy development; about literacy as pleasure and play;
  • To infuse ideas about imagination and literacy into networks and frameworks for development.

The conference sub-themes are:

  • Imagination in literacy practices (early years/primary/secondary)
  • Imagination and spaces
  • Imagination and the body
  • Imagination and children’s literature
  • Imagination in assessment practices
  • Imagination in teacher education and professional development