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Georgia Blain, author of Births Deaths Marriages, and her mother Anne Deveson, who penned Tell Me I’m Here, have passed away within days of each other. Georgia was diagnosed with brain cancer at the end of last year and had been recording her life with illness in a column in the Saturday Paper called ‘The […]

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New texts and Approaches to Australian literature In this workshop, English teacher participants will be introduced to new Australian texts and short stories, particularly by Indigenous and migrant writers. Presenters will offer different approaches to teaching these texts, aligning these with the Victorian Curriculum and VCE Units 1 and 2 English and Literature. Texts covered […]

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We are so excited to reveal the winners of the My Two Blankets colouring competition! Check out the winning entries below then browse through the entire gallery of entries. Laguna Street Public School (Year 6) Woollahara Public School (Year 4) Foundation Christian College (Year 3)

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We ran a My Two Blankets colouring competition during National Literacy Week and received over 250 entries from students across the country! Browse our gallery below to see all the creative, colourful and unique artworks inspired by Freya Blackwood’s award-winning illustrations. Click on the images to enlarge them. The winners will be announced next week in […]

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How did Reading Australia celebrate National Literacy Week? Through literacy-themed knitting! The Copyright Agency’s inaugural Knitting Group has been meeting every Wednesday for the last two months, clicking and clacking their knitting needles, and combining their efforts to produce this beautiful woollen blanket. The design was inspired by My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald and Freya […]

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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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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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Q&A with Wendy Bean

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What has been your involvement with Reading Australia? I first became aware of Reading Australia working as a consultant in schools.  I was excited about the goal of celebrating our Australian authors and illustrators. As the titles have been added I know the teachers I work with have been thrilled to explore this resource. Later […]

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New Primary Titles 2015

We have been busy adding new titles to the Reading Australia list, along with useful new lesson plans for classroom teachers, and fascinating essays of real interest to secondary/tertiary teachers and avid readers too. We have expanded our Children’s Books category by adding 31 new books to the site. The first 10 titles on this list have been selected to be accompanied by helpful […]

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Reading Australia Facebook Launch

Facebook launch for Reading Australia! We want to keep you informed on all the latest from the wonderful world of Australian books, authors and illustrators, along with advising you about new literacy initiatives and conferences. Plus we’ll let you know when new teacher resources, essays and book titles are added to our website. We’re also […]

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ABC Splash Interviews

ABC Splash author interviews with Reading Australia ABC Splash author interviews are commencing. The Copyright Agency’s Reading Australia initiative has collaborated with ABC’s ‘Splash’ online education portal, to present interviews with ten of the best Australian writers and illustrators who feature in Reading Australia’s list. Designed by the Reading Australia team, the ABC Splash author interviews provide […]

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Literary icon David Malouf invited teachers and students to discover Australian stories when he launched Reading Australia at the country’s premier event for English educators, the AATE/ALEA Conference in Canberra today. Reading Australia, set up by not-for-profit rights organisation, the Copyright Agency, provides teaching resources for books, plays and poetry from top Aussie authors such […]

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Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan

The multi-award winning book ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ by Richard Flanagan should be on the compulsory reading list of all senior secondary school students, says Copyright Agency board director, Kim Williams. Ahead of both ANZAC Day and World Book and Copyright Day (April 23) next week, the not-for-profit Copyright Agency has just […]

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Australian stories are being brought back to life through Reading Australia. In a first for Australian schools, teachers can now source dedicated teaching resources for Australian stories, from Kindergarten to Year 12. The Reading Australia website, set up by the not-for-profit rights organisation, the Copyright Agency, provides teaching resources for books, plays and poetry anthologies from top […]

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Australian Teachers

Australian teachers should support Australian literature in schools. As the country’s teachers dive into Term 3, the not-for-profit Copyright Agency is calling on 60,000-plus Australian teachers of English and Media to back Australian stories and authors in the classroom. “Term 3 is traditionally the time for Australian teachers to choose the novels and other texts […]

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Expanded Resources for Reading Australia

Expanded resources for Reading Australia thanks to the Copyright Agency’s board. Ahead of UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, Copyright Agency’s Board has committed half a million dollars from the agency’s Cultural Fund to develop even more resources for teachers to bring Australian literature into the classroom. Copyright Agency’s Reading Australia website […]

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200 Titles on Reading Australia

200 of Australia’s top literary works will be linked to a range of related material online as part of a new project, Reading Australia. Literary works will be linked to a range of related material such as videos and online resources, newspaper articles, biographies and photos as part of a ground-breaking project to make it easier […]

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