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A Voice for Maria Favela: An Adventure in Creative Literacy

23 November 2022, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

Favela in Brazil. Credit: Leonid Andronov/Adobe.

Join this event to hear Alexis Gibbs and Diana Sousa present and discuss the book 'A Voice for Maria Favela: An Adventure in Creative Literacy'.

This event is free.

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The book describes how the Brazilian educator Antonio Leal experiences teaching so-called “unteachable” children in a favela in Rio de Janeiro. It encompasses issues of literacy education, creativity, liberatory pedagogy, special educational needs and language-learning. 

A Voice for Maria Favela tells the story of an emancipatory literacy approach that is more focussed on the individual child and their capacity for self-expression than those often found in critical pedagogy. In this event, Alexis and Diana will explore how the book puts forward a unique type of radical pedagogy and philosophy of education developed through direct classroom observation.  


  • Dr Alexis Gibbs - Department of Education and Childhood Studies, University of Winchester 
  • Dr Diana Sousa - Department of Learning and Leadership, UCL IOE


  • Dr Sam Duncan - International Literacy Centre Director, UCL IOE 

 This event will be particularly useful for those interested in literacy teaching and learning across the life course, literacy policy and practice.   

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.