Confirmed Featured Speakers

Carolyn Graham Nell Phoenix Valerie Paul Cookson Jan Blake Adisa

Carolyn Graham

   Carolyn Graham is creator of Jazz Chants. She has taught at Harvard University and New York Teachers College. She has created a delightful collection of chants, songs and poems that employ the natural language that children use. She is the author of numerous English language teaching books, mostly Jazz Chants and Let's Chant, published by Oxford University Press.

Nell Phoenix

   Nell has been performing since graduating from Goldsmiths College in 1984. As an actress, she has performed in theatres around the world - from the Blackpool Grand to the Sydney Opera House, and all over Eastern and Western Europe in between. As a storyteller, her work includes hundreds of performances to thousands of children, families and adults in schools, art centres, libraries and festivals in the UK and Ireland


   Valerie Bloom was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2008. Her collection of poems is in Whoop an' Shout! Her poem The River is part of the Literature Component for the Lower Secondary School syllabus. She has done a series of programmes focusing on Jamaican poetry for BBC Radio entitled Island Voices.

Paul Cookson

   The only poet to win the National Reading Hero Award, which he received at 10 Downing Street. He has written more than 60 books. Paul is Poet in Residence at the National Football Museum and is Poet Laureate for Slade. He is featured on Match of the Day, Radio 5 Live, Radio 2, The World Service, CBBC, Sky Sports, Talksport Radio, in the Everton Match Day Programme and The Sun.

Jan Blake

   As one of the leading storytellers, Jan Blake has been performing worldwide for over twenty-five years. She has a well-earned reputation for dynamic and generous storytelling. As well as performing at all the major storytelling festivals both nationally and internationally, she works regularly with the British Council, leads storytelling workshops for emerging storytellers, and gives masterclasses for teachers, brands, and businesses.


   Adisa has performed to a wide range of audiences in all kinds of venues, from pubs, to schools & universities, to theatres. His work has taken him to many festivals nation-wide and also abroad from Glasgow to Barcelona. Adisa also won the title of New Performance Poet 1994 in a national competition with 100's of contestants (from a range of cultural backgrounds and a very distinguished panel of judges.

(For Presenters):

Proposal deadline:

 10th August 2015

Contact Us:

ICELT 2015

Faculty of Educational Studies,
Universiti Putra Malaysia,
43400 Serdang,
Selangor, Malaysia.