LiterACTION: Engage Final Conference

CCCB, Barcelona
October 10, 9am to 6pm

General Information

Registration is open!

*Space is limited. We will close registration once all spots are taken.

(Simultaneously translation available)

Get acquainted with some of the most interesting literary initiatives for young people on the European and international level.

Young people who think critically about their culture and cities, teams who include young people in their governing bodies, literary festivals organized by teenagers, secondary school students who run their own publishing house, projects to promote reading on football fields, and much more.

Next October 10, at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània in Barcelona, international representatives of a selection of case studies will gather to share experiences in the framework of the final meeting of the European Project Engage! Young Producers. With experts in the field, we will reflect on equality and diversity in access to culture for young people and different avenues of collaboration between the educational and cultural sectors. The meeting will serve to publicise the results of the research led by the Engage! project.

The opening lecture will be given by Scottish writer and teacher Kate Clanchy. Her most recent book is memoir of teaching, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me which was described by Philip Pullman as 'the best book about writing and teaching I have ever read'.

The European Project Engage! Young Producers

Engage! Young Producers is a European project led by PEN Català with Det Fria Ordets Hus in Växjö (Sweden), Krakowskie Festiwalowe in Krakow (Poland), and the National Centre for Writing in Norwich (UK), and financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. It was born with the aim of helping literary organisations to interact with young people, especially teenagers. The final objective is to improve access, equality, and diversity in culture as well as guaranteeing freedom of expression and the right to make one’s voice heard.

Participate in the first European digital platform for literary best practices with young audiences

In the framework of the Engage! Project, in 2018 PEN Català launched the first digital platform for literary best practices with young audiences, to help literary organisations improve the impact of their activities aimed at young people. Since then we have collected more than 50 cases in Europe. If you have a literary project with young people, or you are an organisation made up of young people or working with young people, concerning literature in any form, you can send us your project here.


October 10, 9am to 6pm

* Please note that changes may be made in the schedule and in the content of some sessions 

* Simultaneous translation in Catalan, Spanish and English will be provided.

9.00-9.30h      Collection of badges

9.30-9.45h      Institutional welcome by Ms. Gemma Rodríguez (Engage! coordinator from PEN Català), Mr. Esteve Caramés i Boada (Cultural Sec-tors director of ICUB), Mr. Oriol Ponsatí- Murlà (director of the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes) 

09.45-10.30h  Poetry for everyone, Opening lecture by Scottish writer and teacher Kate Clanchy.

10.30-11.00h   Presentation of the “Engage! Young Producers Guide” by its authors: Nil Barutel (arts manager and consultant) and Nicolás Barbieri (UAB IGOP).

10.45-11.00h   Questions and comments. Moderator: PEN Català.

11.00-11.30h  Coffee break

11:30-12.20h  Good working practices on youth empowerment. With Tina Ramdeen (The Roundhouse, UK) and Tomasso Salaroli (Scomodo, Italy). Moderator: Amelia Platt (Engage Young Arts Professionals).

12.20-13.30h  Good working practices in secondary schools. With Céline Detappe (Lycée Pilote Innovant International de Poitiers, France), Hélène Paumier (Turfu les Éditions, France), Rosalía Delgado (First Literary Dates) and Mar Sureda-Perelló (Universitat de Barcelona). Moderator: Esther Belvis (cultural and educational professional).

13.15-13.30h  Questions and comments. Moderator: Esther Belvis (cultural and educational professional).

13.30-15.15h Lunch

15.15-16.00h Strategies to promote reading and writing at the public libraries in Medellín. By Andrés Delgado (public libraries of Medellín) and Mariana Arrubla (Eventos del Libro). Moderator: Juanjo Arranz (Barcelona libraries).

16.00-16.45h   Good working practices of reading promotion. With Alberto Soler (Grupo Promotor Mandarache de Cartagena) and Galder Reguera (Fundación Athletic Club de Bilbao). Moderator: Óscar Carreño (Coordinator of Barcelona’s reader action program).

16.45-17.15h   Reading promotion. Questions and comments.

17.15-18.00h Looking to the Horizon, Closing lecture held by interdisciplinary auteur Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh and the Engage young producers: Melissa Bislim, Thomas Frere-Jenkins, Magda Łukasik and Grace Stewart.

The seminar will be assessed by students of secondary school from IES Viladomat in Barcelona.


Practical information


The conference will take place at Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB, The Auditorium), a multidisciplinary institution with an extensive programme that features exhibitions, debates, festivals, concerts, film seasons, courses, workshops and urban itineraries.

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona
Tel. (+34) 933 064 100

How to get there

How much does it cost?

Registration fee (including coffee break and lunch): €20 if the transfer is made before September 11 / €30 afterwards.

Please transfer the fee with the mention "Registration Literaction - your name" to:
PEN Català
Bank: Caixabank
Address: Plaça Catalunya, 7. 08002 Barcelona
IBAN:  IBAN ES86 2100 0835 1502 0041 6356

CCCB, Barcelona
October 10, 9am to 6pm