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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

MississippiFriday 23rd & Saturday 24th September 2016

Friday 23rd September: 9.30-17.00

Saturday 24th September: 9.30-15.00

Mary Allan Building
Homerton College
Hills Road

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Since the publication of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry in 1976, Mildred Taylor’s work has continued to inspire readers, teachers and researchers alike.

Join us for a two-day symposium exploring the literary and educational significance of this landmark text, along with related issues in children's literature, teaching English Literature, and representation and diversity. You can book for either or both days.

The event will conclude with workshops and exhibitions on classroom issues including using cover art in the classroom and preparing for UK Black History Month in October.


You can now download the symposium programme here (PDF) and details of the keynote addresses here (PDF).

Keynote speakers

  • Michelle Martin, Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor of Children and Youth Services, iSchool, University of Washington
  • Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Cambridge


Two days: £50 (student/trainee rate £40), includes lunch and tea/coffee on both days.

One day: £25 (student/trainee rate £20), includes lunch and tea/coffee on the day.


For more information, please contact Sarah Hardstaff ( or Dawn Sardella-Ayres (

This event is supported by the British Association for American Studies.