Albert Ullin and The Little Bookroom
In October 1960, Albert Ullin opened The Little Bookroom in Melbourne, Australia's first bookstore dedicated to children's books.
In this interview with Jennifer Byrne (ABC's The Book Club), Albert discusses his enduring passion for picture books, and his long and storied history of supporting Australia's most renowned illustrators – from Ron Brooks (The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek) to Shaun Tan (The Rabbits).
Albert Ullin is the founder of Australia's oldest children's specialist bookshop, The Little Bookroom. Ullin was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Australian Booksellers Association in 2009.
Jennifer Byrne is a senior journalist and broadcaster who has worked in all arms of the media: print, radio and television.
Having done her cadetship at the Age and worked on Fleet Street in London, she was a founding reporter with Channel Nine’s Sunday programme and spent some 12 years traveling the world for 60 Minutes and as anchor for Foreign Correspondent.
She was publishing director of Reed Books, won national awards as a magazine columnist and, since May 2006, has hosted First Tuesday Book Club (now The Book Club) and presented literary specials for ABC1.