Speakers

Andrew Wright
World famous ELT author and Storyteller, Andrew Wright has worked in the world of language teaching for many years as a teacher, as an author, as a storyteller and story maker and as a teacher trainer. His books are published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Pearson Longman and Helbling Languages.

Here are just a few:

Five Minute Activites (with Penny Ur)  1992. Cambridge University Press
Pictures for Language Learning 1989.  Cambridge University Press
Games for Language Learning (with David Betteridge and Michael Buckby)   Third Edition 2006   Cambridge University Press
Storytelling with Children 2008.   Oxford University Press

Marina Morbiducci
 Renowned translator and author, Marina Morbiducci is former President of TESOL Italy and Professor of Language and Translation (English) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” . She is an expert on the works of Gertrude Stein but also conducts research in the following areas: Translation Studies (Pure and Applied); TILT (Translation in Language Teaching); ELF (English as a Lingua Franca); EIL (English International Language); Corpus Linguistics; Applied Linguistics: TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), SLA (Second Language Acquisition), ELT (English Language Teaching), EFL (English as a Foreign Language). Here are a few recent publications:
Gertrude Stein, Opere Ultime e Drammi 2010. Liberilibri
Gertrude Stein, Sollevante Pancia (Lifting Belly) 2010.  Liberilibri
L’Aquila Action, Notebook (with Annarosa Iraldo and BethAnn Boyle) 2010. ArKhè

Nick Hennessey

A singer, songwriter and storyteller Nick is a dynamic and passionate performer whose love for the traditional culture of northern Europe forges together the note, the song and the spoken word into a unique and engaging style. Nick Hennessey came to storytelling whilst undertaking field research for a PhD in Cultural Geography.  At this time he became a professional singer, songwriter and storyteller with a particular interest in the relationship between landscape, communities and stories and the re-invention of tradition. As an artist he has continued to research and perform internationally. Here are some reviews:

“A fine voice, pure and unforced. His fluid style and engaging presence is a winning combination…a compelling demonstration of storytelling’s many faces.” The Times
“Finely honed and earthy vocals, candid lyricism, and vivid traditional ballads … from the captivating northern storyteller and harpist “ BBC Radio 2
“He brings that rare combination of artistic adventure and absolute accessibility. He’s a magical performer who inspires his listeners with a sense of recaptured wonder.” The Word, London Literature Festival

Soe Marlar Lwin

Marlar has a PhD in Language Studies from the National University of Singapore. Her area of specialization is discourse analysis in general and the study of oral narratives in particular. Her research has involved exploring both story structures and storytelling discourse in folktales, applied storytelling performances and conversational narratives. More recently, she has developed a research interest in teachers’ discourse and adult-child interactional discourse for language development, with a focus on oracy development. Here are a few recent publications:
Narrative structures in Burmese folk tales 
2010. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press.
Narrative time and speculative fiction: Reflection of social conditions in temporal implications. 
2011. Studies in Literature and Language, 2,(3), 11-17.
Capturing the dynamics of narrative development in an oral storytelling performance: A multimodal perspective. 2010. 
Language and Literature, 19,(4), 357-377.
Revisiting a structural analysis of folktales: A means to an end?
2009. The Buckingham Journal of Language and Linguistics, 2,(1), 69-80.

Paul Hullah

Former Miyazaki JALT Chapter President Paul Hullah is in his twentieth year in Japan, currently tenured Associate Professor of British Literature and Culture at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. A chronic, strident campaigner for the use of literature in English teaching at all levels, he is co-founder of Liberlit, a society for ‘Discussion and Defense of the Role of ‘Literary’ Texts in the English Curriculum’ <www.liberlit.com>. He has presented at conferences all over the world and is himself a prolific author and has written and edited numerous volumes of literary criticism and EFL-related material. Rock UK, a socio-cultural history of British rock music in textbook form, was published this year by Cengage Learning, and his fifth collection of poetry, Homing, was published in the UK in 2011 by Word Power Books.

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