LYA @ IALIC conference, Barcelona

LYA poet Gina Tavares and LYA volunteer/University of Leeds educational researcher Emilee Moore presented on 25th November at the 2016 conference of the International Association of Language and Intercultural Communication in Barcelona, Spain. Their presentation was called ‘Telling the stories of youth: co-producing knowledge across social worlds’. They discussed what counts as knowledge production in academic research and who is entitled to tell the stories and use the words of youth. Their presentation is a first step in developing collaborative spaces, crossing boundaries of poetry, research and education, that allow youth voices to be heard in novel ways. Gina performed two of her poems as part of the presentation: Bleach and Two Minds. The second is a poem she wrote especially for the conference to reflect on research, as a practice engaged in by both the young poets and by academics. The presentation was extremely well received by a very interested audience, who commended Gina on the quality of her performance and her thoughtful responses in the discussion that followed.