Literacy and the Commonwealth Games: Get Connected

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Are you interested in improving literacy in your community, organisation or school? Come along to our twilight networking event to hear about Birmingham Stories’ literacy programmes surrounding the Commonwealth Games, and meet others working in the literacy space.

About the event

Birmingham Stories is the campaign to raise literacy levels and change the life stories of young people and adults across the city. It is run in partnership with the University of Birmingham, and is our first Hub to be founded with a university.

This networking evening will feature presentations from key drivers of the campaign, including:

  • Jonathan Douglas, CBE, Hon FRSL, CEO of the National Literacy Trust
  • Dr Kate Rumbold, Senior Lecturer of English Literature and Birmingham Stories University lead
  • Professor Ruth Gilligan, Professor in Creative Writing and ambassador for the global storytelling charity Narrative 4
  • Kyle Turakhia, Birmingham Stories Hub Manager at the National Literacy Trust
  • Professor Hugh Adlington, Academic Lead, University of Birmingham Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme
  • Dr Sukhvinder Ubhi, Assistant Headteacher, Aston University Engineering Academy

Guests will also be treated to poetry readings from participants of our Young Birmingham Poets programme. Inspired by the Commonwealth Games, students across the city have been visiting cultural venues linked to the Games and reflecting on their experience through verse.

Representatives from a variety of cultural partners will be in attendance, and the event will conclude with open discussion over refreshments. It is a great chance to connect with a diverse range of professionals united in the aim of raising Birmingham's literacy levels.

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Find out more about My Commonwealth Story from Birmingham Stories.