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VIRTUAL EVENT: Literacies through life: reading in families, homes and communities

22 April 2021, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

A mother reading with her two children. Image: Alex Green via Pexels

This webinar opens the International Literacy Centre (ILC) seminar series with the launch of two new books exploring literacy in diverse contexts, life-long and life-wide.

This event is free.

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Teresa Kourdoulos

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Sam Duncan's 'Oral Literacies: When Adults Read Aloud' (published in January 2021) and Rachael Levy and Mel Hall's 'Family Literacy: Reading with Young Children' (published in April 2021) both present findings from recent research that challenges traditional or dominant notions of reading.  

Together these two books, both published in the Routledge Literacies Series, examine how reading operates in homes with young children, how and why adults may read aloud and what this means for the ways in which reading is viewed and valued in various contexts today.

We are delighted to welcome Julia Gillen, the Routledge Literacies Series editor, to this event who will expand on this by drawing out salient themes from the two books. 


  • Dr Sam Duncan, Associate Professor in Adult Education and Literacies at the UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr Rachael Levy, Associate Professor in Education at the UCL Institute of Education

ILC seminar series

The International Literacy Centre (ILC) hosts a termly seminar series where researchers, practitioners, and those with an interest in literacy education, policy, and practice across the lifespan can come together to discuss current issues in the field. The seminars are free and open to the general public.


Image: Alex Green via Pexels