Opening conference
Tue, 19 Nov | Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

Opening conference

Every Story Matters: Promoting inclusion through literature
Registration is Closed

Time & Location

19 Nov 2019, 10:00 – 18:00
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Av. de Berna 45 A, 1067-001 Lisboa, Portugal

About the Event



Every Story Matters / Cada História Conta, Lisbon, 19 November 2019

Everybody has the right to discover literature and to create stories, Your socio-economic or cultural background, gender, sexual preference or mental and physical abilities should not matter. Sadly not all of us have equal opportunities yet. This is not just a matter of who writes (and who is encouraged to write) but of who gets published, who stands on a stage, who sits in the audience, how people are portrayed in books and how readers identify with the characters in the books. 

During the first conference ‘Every Story Matters/Cada História Conta’, we invite readers, publishers, authors, librarians, teachers and other book lovers to be part of the promotion of inclusion through literature. We hope they will inspire, get inspired and work together to make the world of children’s and youth books more inclusive. Together we can make a difference.


9.00 - 9.30


9.30 – 10.00

Word of welcome by Acesso Cultura; presentation of  ‘Every Story Matters – making books more inclusive’ by Flanders Literature

10.00 – 11.00

Keynote speech - Carla Oliveira, Orfeu Negro (PT)

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Panel discussion with writers, illustrators and publishers 

Moderator: Noemi De Clercq

Joining us on the panel are:

  • Joana Estrela, Planeta Tangerina (PT)
  • Chafina Bendahman, Rose Stories (NL)
  • Aimée Felone, Knights Of (UK)
  • Ana Biscaia, graphic design and illustrator (PT) 

13.00 – 14.30 


14.30 - 15.30  

Keynote speech: Temi Odumosu, Malmö University (SWE)

15.45 - 17.30  

Panel discussion with librarians, teachers, public 

Moderator: Margarida Ferra

Joining us on the panel are:

  • Susana Silvestre, Network of Lisbon Municipal Libraries (PT)
  • Martin Zandi, Roskilde Library (DK)
  • João Paulo Proença, teacher, READ ON project, Network of School Libraries (PT)
  • Nadia Yracema, playwright, commission for the National Theatre D. Maria II (PT)

17.30 – 18.00


Practical information 

When? Tuesday 19 November 2019, 10.00 – 18.00

Where? Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Av. de Berna 45 A, 1067-001 Lisboa, Portugal

Registration fee? €30, €25 (students/unemployed), €20 (Acesso Cultura members) 

The conference will be held in English and Portuguese. Simultaneous translation will be made available.

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The ‘Every Story Matters/Cada História Conta’ conference is part of the European project ‘Every Story Matters’. The local organizers of the conference are Acesso Cultura, Casa Fernando Pessoa and Fundação José Saramago. 

With the support of: Creative Europe, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Registration is Closed

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