Creative Conversations – this is your invitation to chat to Nicola Morgan, award winning writer, speaker and creator of Brain Sticks: multimedia teaching resources about the brain and wellbeing and David Cameron.
2 dates for your diary:
The next Creative Conversation, titled ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, will be on:
- Wednesday 3rd June at 30 – 5.30/5.45. Coffee and registration from 4pm and you can continue the conversation with Nicola, David and colleagues over wine and canapes from 5.45 – 6.30/7pm. Welcome from David Bruce, Senior Education Manager, City of Edinburgh Council.
- Friday 5th Juneat 00 till 4.15/4.30. You can arrive any time from 1.00pm onwards and a buffet lunch will be available – there will be a glass of wine offered after and you can continue the conversation with David, Nicola and colleagues (venue to follow with confirmation of attendance).
This Creative Conversation is a rare opportunity to talk with Nicola about ‘Readaxation’ among other things. This Creative Conversation will of course be about creativity. It will consider what reading does to our brains and how the reading choices we make affect us. We will also talk about the extent to which we are justified in suggesting Reading for Pleasure as a part of health and wellbeing.
Nicola Morgan is an award-winning author of nearly 100 books, including the Young Adult novels Wasted, Fleshmarket (currently being adapted for the London stage) and Mondays are Red.
A former teacher and specialist in dyslexia, in the last ten years Nicola has become increasingly well known for her passionate work on adolescence, with her 2005 book on the teenage brain, Blame My Brain, being shortlisted for the Aventis prize and her recent title, The Teenage Guide to Stress, being snapped up by teenagers and their hard-pressed adults. She now writes and speaks internationally on subjects relating to adolescence and the reading brain, including a focus on reading as a route to
As always this will be a very popular Creative Conversation. This is your invitation and if you would like to come please get back to me directly. If you would like to bring a colleague, please tell me their name and job title. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. I’ll send full venue details and confirmation of your place next week.
Please be sure to let me know which date you would like to attend.
We look forward to seeing you on the 3rd or the 5th June.
Creative Learning Network:
Education Scotland in partnership with Creative Scotland has awarded City of Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian Councils funding to develop the Creative Learning Network. This will be based on extending the very successful approach developed by Edinburgh which a number of other authorities have adopted and adapted.
Creative Conversations are opportunities for colleagues interested in creativity and education across all sectors to come together and engage in high quality professional dialogue. Each Creative Conversation has a creative catalyst and the conversation is facilitated by David Cameron (the real David Cameron!). There is always opportunity to continue the discussion over a glass of wine in an informal setting. Each Creative Conversation is in an interesting venue and over 2014/15 will take place across the 3 local authority areas. Previous Creative Conversations have included well known figures such as Tim Brighouse, Keir Bloomer, Frank Crawford, Laurie O’Donnell, Hywel Roberts, Eric Booth, Heather Reid and many others. Conversations are always about creativity and have covered technology, funding, self evaluation and preparing for inspection (creatively!), science and art, flipped learning and much more. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is just about art – it’s about creativity in the widest sense.
Linda Lees | Service Manager, Arts and Creative Learning | Schools and Community Services | Children and Families | The City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court, Business Centre 1/2, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG | Tel 0131 469 3956 | Mobile 07917 825007 | mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org | www.edinburgh.gov.uk | www.edinburgh.gov.uk