BookTrust Cymru Early Years Partner Conference 2022/2023

Reading Matters - Connecting Families Living in Poverty to the Transformative Power of Reading for Pleasure

Illustration by Fiona Lumbers

This year’s BookTrust Cymru Early Years Partner Conference brought together high-profile voices including children’s authors and illustrators, early years organisations and practitioners who support children and families.

Together, we explored why access to books and reading for pleasure is so important for all families, particularly those living in poverty.

The conference took place as a series of online webinars spread over 2 days. The webinars were in the format of a panel discussion and 2 practice sharing sessions, with contributions and insights from:

• Connor Allen, Children's Laureate Wales 2021 – 2023

• Diana Gerald, CEO BookTrust

• Katie Hadley, Little Lounge

• Susannah Hill, Aura Wales

• Paul Howard, Children's Writing Fellow NI 2021 - 2023

• Nick Sharratt, Children's Author and Illustrator, and BookTrust's Writer in Residence

• Nadia Shireen, Children's Author and Illustrator

• Emmajayne Skinner, Boomerang Cardiff

• Bethan Webber, CEO HomeStart Cymru

• BookTrust, the UK's largest children's reading charity

• Other contributors to be confirmed

Get informed and inspired by the transformative power of reading for pleasure.

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Illustration by Fiona Lumbers

Webinar Information

Title: Reading Matters - Connecting Families Living in Poverty to the Transformative Power of Reading for Pleasure - Virtual Panel Discussion

Date: Monday 7th November 10am - 11:15am

Format: A mixture of presentations and facilitated discussions with contributions from all of our keynote speakers

Featuring: Connor Allen, Diana Gerald, Paul Howard, Nick Sharratt, Nadia Shireen, Bethan Webber

Facilitated by: BookTrust Cymru

Language: English


Title: BookTrust shares updates on our latest pilots and Big Welsh Rhyme Time

Date: Tuesday 8th November 10am – 11am

Format: Webinar

Featuring: BookTrust and Partner Organisations

Language: English/ Welsh


Title: Hyper Local Initiatives Supporting Communities in Wales

Date: Tuesday 8th November 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Format: Webinar

Featuring: Katie Hadley, Susannah Hill, Emmajayne Skinner

Language: English


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What 2019 delegates said about the conference

Keynote speaker was excellent. I felt very empowered and recognised the value of my role

Delegate 2019

Enjoyed the keynote speech: ideas + passion = inspiring. Theory behind the practice

Delegate 2019

Great day, well organised, lovely resources, and some fantastic strategies taken for use daily

Delegate 2019