Albert Ullin and The Little Bookroom

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).

Director and Producer: Tatiana Doroshenko  
Executive Producers: Wendy Brooks, The Wheeler Centre
Co-Producer: Elizabeth Griffin
DOP: Charlie Alexander
Editor: Lillian Brown


Portrait of Albert Ullin

Albert Ullin

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.

Portrait of Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne

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 UK’s Fleet Street, 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, morning presenter on ABC radio, won national awards as interviewer and columnist for the Bulletin and, in May 2006, returned to TV to create the country’s first televised Book Club, which ran on the ABC for 11 years until December 2019.