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The symposium will be held on writing and literature centres for children and young adults to look at their models and see how their ideas could be adapted in Queensland and provide ideas for the setting up of centres here. It will provide a platform for knowledge sharing and stimulate discussion on how these centres operate and how similar programs could be set up in Queensland.

Guest speakers are: Libby Gleeson (Westwords), Matt Roden (Sydney Story Factory), Lachlann Carter (100 Story Building) and Lesley Reece (The Literature Centre)

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (with break for lunch) (BYO or have lunch at the Library Cafe)

Lesley Reece is the founding Director and Chairwoman of the Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre (now called The Literature Centre), which she established in 1992, having raised over a million dollars to do so. Prior to that Lesley was a founding Trustee of the Irish Children’s Book Trust in 1989 and wrote the first Irish Guide to Children’s Books  in 1990. Lesley lectures regularly on Children’s and Youth Literature in Australia and overseas, served on the Judging Panel of the Western Australian Premier’s Awards a number of times and acts as a consultant to several curriculum and literature advisory panels. Lesley is also a founding and current board member of the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance. http://www.thelitcentre.org.au/

Matt Roden has worked as a writer, designer and educator in Sydney and London. He was a Creative Projects Manager at the Ministry of Stories in London, and has assisted in the opening of the Sydney Story Factory from its early days, and now works with the team programming and running workshops and facilitating volunteer and fundraising projects. He stamps his mark on the Sydney Story Factory both as a workshop leader and graphic designer. He has worked on education and arts packages with the NSW Reconciliation Council and Underbelly Arts Festival. http://www.sydneystoryfactory.org.au/

Lachlann Carter is a co-founder and Program Director of 100 Story Building. In 2009 he completed an internship at 826 Valencia in San Francisco. He has taught in a number of primary schools in Melbourne’s inner west, and has worked in educational programs for the National Trust on the Polly Woodside. He speaks regularly on the topics of social enterprise, community engagement and family/school partnerships, and is a member of a number of education and community action groups. http://www.100storybuilding.org.au/

Libby Gleeson AM is one of Australia’s most eminent and beloved children’s authors who has published over 30 books for children and teenagers. As well as winning numerous awards for her books Libby is also formerly Chair of the Australian Society of Authors, Chair of the Literature and History Committee of Arts NSW and a Director of the Copyright Agency. She is a Director of the Public Education Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Westwords, an arts organisation catering for children and young people in Greater Western Sydney. http://www.westwords.com.au/about-us/

Dr Sharon Bickle from USQ will chair the panel. Sharon is a Lecturer in English Literature in the School of Arts and Communication, and is based on Springfield Campus. She teaches a range of literature courses aimed at Pre-service teachers in the Bachelor of Education and students in the Bachelor of Arts. A feminist researcher with a keen interest in the recovery of women writers, a particular focus of her research is nineteenth-century literature as well as Neo-Victorian and Steampunk writing. She is current Vice-President of the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) and also on the editorial board of the Hecate and Australian Women’s Book Review.

The symposium is proudly sponsored by The Children's Book Council of Australia (Qld) and University of Southern Queensland.



Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

Contact Details:

Jenny Stubbs info@booklinks.org.au 0409 266 786

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