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SAVE THE DATE / Opening conference

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

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

Photo of the facade of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

On 19 November 2019 we kindly ask writers, publishers, librarians, school teachers, activists and readers to join the kick-off conference of our European Project Every Story Matters in Lisbon.

With our first conference we want to inspire all book professionals to work together in order to become more inclusive. Together we can change things!

The official languages will be English and Portuguese. Simultaneous translation will be provided.


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


Photo of a conference room.

European societies are diverse and becoming more so all the time. Sadly, this diverse reality is not reflected everywhere: literature and the book business still remain too homogenous in many respects. This is not just a matter of who writes (and who is encouraged to write) but of who gets published, who stands on the stage, who sits in the audience, how people are portrayed and which readers can identify with the characters in the books they are reading. Everybody has the right to discover literature and to create stories, independent from their socio-economic or cultural background, gender, sexual preference or mental and physical abilities. Yet not all of us have equal opportunities to do so.

The goal of Every Story Matters is to increase the creation, availability and promotion of inclusive books for children and young adults and, by doing so, engage a broader and more diverse reading audience. The project aims to nurture the cultural sensitivity of all young readers, while also handing book professionals (e.g. publishers, librarians, …) the tools and strategies needed to become more inclusive.

Registration fees Normal: €30 Students/Unemployed: €25 Acesso Cultura members: €20

Please, fill in this form in order to stay updated on the conference and other activities of the Every Story Matters project. Contact geral@acessocultura.orgshould you have any questions.

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The Every Story Matters/Cada História Conta conference is part of the European project Every Story Matters (ESM), which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union.

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

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