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Saint Patrick’s Campus
Drumcondra, Dublin 9

43rd Annual Conference

8th - 9th of November 2019

DCU, St. Patrick's Campus

Keynotes: Sheena Wilkinson, Professor Nell Duke and Eddie Lenihan







Please click below for the following key documents:

Conference Programme  

Concurrent Sessions

Information for presenters and attendees

Purchase your tickets at the following link: TICKETS HERE

The Literacy Association of Ireland Children’s Book Award 2019

LAI is committed to supporting the production of original children’s literature by Irish publishers. Indeed, it is the stated purpose of the LAI Book Awards to encourage the writing, publication and appreciation of children’s literature in Ireland, both works of fiction and non-fiction. To this end the LAI sponsors a biennial children’s book award: 2019 is a book award year.

The Book Award Jury received a total of seventy-six books, published within the past two years in Ireland, with many themes, stories and activities being addressed. All elements that make the book suitable and attractive for the intended readership were considered - such as subject matter, language level, design, illustration and production.

Congratulations to all authors, illustrators and publishers on the shortlist below.

Literacy Association of Ireland 

Conference 2019

'Engaging literacy learners in diverse settings’

Keynote- Dr Nell Duke (University of Michigan)

8th & 9th November, 2019

Dublin City University

Call for Papers:

The Literacy Association of Ireland (LAI) invites proposals for papers, workshops and poster presentations for its 43rd annual international conference.


The conference will explore research and practice across a wide range of topics relating to literacy across all educational sectors (early childhood, Primary, Post-Primary, tertiary, special & inclusive educational settings and educational services).

To access the application form, follow the links below. This year, we have further information in English and in Irish:

Call for papers in English

Gairm ar pháipéir as Gaeilge

You will find a proposal form here. All forms should be emailed to

If you have any queries, please email

Our Keynote Speaker

Dr Nell Duke (University of Michigan)

Nell Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty. Her specific areas of expertise include development of informational reading and writing in young children, comprehension development and instruction in early schooling, and issues of equity in literacy education. She has served as Co-Principal Investigator of projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation, among other organizations. Duke has been named one of the most influential education scholars in the U.S. in EdWeek. In 2014, she was awarded the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award from the Literacy Research Association. She has also received awards from the American Educational Research Association, the Literacy Research Association, the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Michigan Reading Association

Duke serves as a consultant for a number of education and policy organizations, and speaks widely on literacy education. Duke is author and co-author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent books are Inside Information: Developing Powerful Readers and Writers of Informational Text through Project-based Instruction and Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills From Birth to 5, Second Edition. Duke also has a strong interest in improving the quality of educational research training in the United States. Her Twitter handle is @nellkduke.

International News:

UKLA 55th International Conference 2019


Literacy and Play for All: Improvisation, possibility and imagination


Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2019

More details here
Confirmed speakers: Chris Riddell, Writer and Illustrator; Anne Haas Dyson, University of Illinois, USA; Andrew Burn, University College London; Lalitha Vasudevan, Columbia University, USA.


You can now book your place in two ways-


A. Book online HERE.

B. Download a booking form HERE.




You can access a list of the sessions at this year's conference HERE.

Queries: Email


We have a seminar on early literacy on offer in the Summer term. Check out our Events page for details and to reserve a place.

Our recent Spring Seminars across the country were very well attended. Thank you to everyone for coming out and being part of a number of lively discussions on literacy. 

Thanks also to Brendan and Duncan for facilitating the workshops.

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LAI Children's Book Awards

The Literacy Association Of Ireland (LAI) are delighted to announce the shortlist of books for the forthcoming LAI Children's Book Awards.

Please find the shortlist of books under each category below. The Jury are now re-reading all of these books. The winner in each category will be announced on the evening of the 5th October at the annual LAI Conference.

0-4 years
5-8​ years​
9-11 years
Young Adult

November 11, 2017

While Irish has been learned as an additional language in the majority of Irish primary schools for many years, this page refers to the needs of foreign national pupils. The ability to speak, read and write in English is regarded as one of the most fundamental aspects of the 1999 Primary School Curriculum. It is crucia...

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Outstanding Thesis Award 2017

The Literacy Association of Ireland invites graduate students from Education, Special Education, Psychology and related disciplines to apply for LAI’s 7th biennial award for an outstanding Master’s thesis. The award includes an LAI Medal and €500.

This award is open to those who have submitted OR who plan to submit a Master’s thesis in the area of literacy between:
2nd September 2015 and 1st September 2017

PLEASE NOTE: The submission date has been changed to 17th of July, 2017.

For more details, click here.




Adrian Lohan was the winner of the LAI Biennial Medal for Outstanding Master’s Thesis in Literacy (2013-2015). His research explored the use of a cross-age peer tutoring programme which aimed to enhance the literacy skills and self-esteem of pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and low levels of literacy attainment.  In addition to enhancing the accuracy, fluency and comprehension of participants, the study also documented novel means of assessing multi-dimensional self-esteem outcomes as well as optimising procedures in terms of an action research approach. The study accentuates the potential of peer-mediated literacy interventions to enhance both cognitive and affective learning outcomes and highlights implications for theory, practice and policy.

Literacy Association of Ireland

Cumann Litearthachta na hÉireann