Ursula Dubosarsky: By the Book
Ursula Dubosarsky knew she wanted to be a writer when she was six years old. Today she's the author of more than 60 books and Australia's 2020–21 Children's Laureate. For this conversation we're bringing this prolific author and literary ambassador together with two avid teen readers, Caitlin and Yanna from 100 Story Building. Caitlin and Yanna will interview Dubosarsky on her formative experiences as a reader and writer.
What were the books that got her hooked on reading and writing? What was she reading, and writing as a teenager? What's changed in the reading landscape since then? What's still the same? What can we improve? And why is reading meaningful – maybe even vital – for the wellbeing of teenagers today?
Presented in partnership with the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation.
Ursula Dubosarsky is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–2021. She was born in Sydney wanted to be a writer from the age of six. She is now the author of over 60 books for children and young adults. She has won many national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award, and has been nominated for the international Hans Christian Anderson and Astrid Lindgren awards for children’s literature.
Her books have been published widely across the world and translated into fourteen different languages. Among her most well-known books are The Terrible Plop, The Blue Cat, and the non-fiction ‘Word Spy’ books about the English language.
Bec Kavanagh is Schools Programmer at the Wheeler Centre.
She is a Melbourne-based writer and academic whose work examines the representation of women’s bodies in literature. She has appeared at the Melbourne and Sydney Writers Festivals and on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily.