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Q&A with Freya Blackwood

Freya Blackwood is an award-winning illustrator of over 25 children’s books currently living in Orange with her daughter Ivy and their various pets. She’s won numerous awards for her work, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. Most recently My Two Blankets won the 2015 CBCA Picture Book of the Year. To celebrate the selection of My Two […]

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Meet the laureate

Make the new Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, feel welcome this Thursday by asking him your questions! Join the live-stream event this Thursday, 25 February, at 2pm (AEST) where the Reading Australia author and illustrator will be answering questions sent in by viewers. This wonderful opportunity is being hosted by ABC Splash in partnership with […]

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RA BookPros Launched

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Attention all English teachers: Professional authors to visit schools With the support of Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has launched an exciting new program, Reading Australia BookPros (RA BookPros). This program places professional authors in the classroom to conduct writing workshops and to introduce teachers to the resources of Reading […]

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Hobbspost

Reading Australia ambassador Leigh Hobbs has been selected as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016/17. He is the best-selling author of 20 books including The Big Book of Old Tom, which has a Reading Australia teacher resource, and he was one of the ten authors and illustrators interviewed by Tom Tilley as part of the Reading Australia/ABC […]

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We mourn the passing of the driving force behind Reading Australia, Brian Johns AO. Brian saw the potential of the internet and sought to use it to address concerns about a scarcity of Australian titles being taught in schools and universities. As Chair of the Copyright Agency Board and Cultural Fund Committee, he ensured sufficient […]

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Tell us about yourself! I’m a lawyer who started work at Copyright Agency 13 years ago focusing on copyright policy and advocating for laws and conditions that will support Australia’s authors and publishers – especially in the digital marketplace. In 2009 I was appointed the Manager of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund which allocates around […]

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Tell us about yourself I am the Education and Marketing Manager at HarperCollins Publishers, I manage our education list, conduct research, liaise with teachers and educational organisations and look after the marketing of education titles across the business. I completed a Master’s in Education focusing in learning and development. My area of interest is middle […]

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Tell us about yourself! Hello! I’m the Head of Digital Education at the ABC where I work with a very talented team to bring audiences ABC Splash – an education service that creates resources for Australian teachers and students. What has been your involvement with Reading Australia? In partnership with Reading Australia, we created a […]

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Q&A with Phil Page

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Tell us about yourself! Since 2010 I have been the AATE (Australian Association for the Teaching of English) Treasurer; I also undertake the same role for my local Tasmanian association (TATE) of which I am a Life Member. Participating actively in my professional teaching associations since 1980, and a now retired English teacher and high […]

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Tell us about yourself! I am a writer of fiction for children and young adults. What has been your involvement with Reading Australia? I was a Board Director of Copyright Agency, representing the Australian Society of Authors, when the idea of Reading Australia was put forward by the director and former chair, Brian Johns. I […]

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