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A new book "Adult Education and Social Justice: International Perspectives" was published just before Xmas 2023 in honour of the adult educator par excellence, Professor Lalage Bown, who died just over two years ago. Edited by Maria Slowey, Heribert Hinzen, Michael Omolewa and myself, it contains contributions from many esteemed adult educators, many from the core CR&DALL team and others beyond, particularly those with connections to Africa.

At the beginning of January 2024, we are pleased to inform you that Dr Dely Lazarte Elliot – a core CR&DALL member from the University of Glasgow – is now part of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS). Funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council, SGSSS is ‘the UK’s largest facilitator of funding, training and support for doctoral students in social science’.

This Special Issue of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning (AJAL) will explore various trends developing at the forefront of literacies in adult education, to consider ways that literacies are being defined and enacted in current times in research and practice.

A big thank you to all ALA members, my board colleagues, and the ALA team for championing adult learning and community education throughout 2023. Our collaborative efforts help keep our initiatives vibrant and relevant. I am looking forward to 2024, where our combined expertise can help shape policy, transform lives, and open new doors of possibility. Special mention to Board members Nigel Wilson and Stephen Billet who finished up on the Board this year. Season’s greetings and best wishes to all!  Kathleen Priestly

Editors Timothy D. Ireland and Shermaine Barrett introduce the special issue of Convergence to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ICAE.