Monday, 18 June 2012

Sue Ellis stars in Michael Rosen's blog (and other news)

Our very own Sue Ellis, Reader in Education, spoke at the recent CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Conference on Reading for Pleasure. Michael Rosen was also there, and his blog about the event features Sue's talk heavily, for example "Sue Ellis is precisely the sort of person this government and the last want to keep at arms length because she presents her arguments backed entirely by research" and "At the heart of her talk was a humanistic defence of reading, which can't come about simply or only through reading schemes, can't come about by simply working through set texts." He obviously approves heartily, as do we - Jordanhill is proud of you Sue!*

In other news, Jordanhill Campus had its closing ceremony on Friday. You can read more about the event in my Storify. I was pleased that the Library was mentioned several times in favourable terms, once by David Bell, Vice Chancellor at Reading, who graduated from here in Primary Education in the early 80s. He talked about Gene Kemp's 1977 book The turbulent term of Tyke Tiler which we still have in stock (well, it's in its new home in the Andersonian Library now). This was famous for the twist at the end, which was a surprise at the time, but really shouldn't be now. That's all I'm going to say - read the book to find out more!

Finally, Judith Kerr, author of the Mog books, The tiger who came to tea and When Hitler stole pink rabbit received an OBE in the recent honours list. Borrow all her books from Strathclyde.

*PS 22/6/12 Michael Rosen even dedicated a second blogpost to Sue!  He used some of her ideas as a basis for one of his workshops for teachers on writing with young people. Go Sue!

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