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…
Tell Me a Story: Mem Fox on Reading Aloud
Mem Fox is a legend of Australian children's literature. More than 35 years after her first book, Possum Magic, was published, it is still printed in hardback, with its iconic original illustrations by Julie Vivas.
In the intervening years, Fox has somehow managed an academic career as a literacy expert, while writing 40 more books. She’s charmed generations of…
Pass it On: Preserving Australian Indigenous Languages
‘Budgerigar’, ‘quandong’, ‘Torana’, ‘Canberra’ – there are many Aboriginal words in everyday use by both non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians. What do we gain from knowing and learning First Nations words? And how can we embed more traditional language into the daily lives of all Australians?
At least 250 Indigenous Australian languages were spoken on this continent in 1788. Today only…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
‘Author, ecologist, historian, dyslexic and honourary wombat (part time)’ – that’s Jackie French’s job title, according to her own website.
Jackie French writes novels and non-fiction; fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction and ecology; for adults and for kids. Over the course of her career, she’s written a dizzying 140 books. Loved by Australian kids for picture books including the Diary of…
The Wheeler Centre
James Patterson has been the planet’s bestselling author since 2001, with more than 300 million copies of his books in print and several television deals in the works. The thriller king’s background is in advertising, and he knows what audiences want. As well as the suspense that cemented his fame, he’s written successful children’s books, romances and historical fiction.
Despite his well-earned reputation for armchair adventure and easy reading, Patterson has a serious side, too. He’s an outspoken critic of Amazon, after his publisher was caught up in a dispute that famously meant Hachette writers were penalised by the online behemoth. ‘If Amazon is the new American way, then maybe it has to be changed,’ he said. And he’s been involved in major philanthropic donations to support independent booksellers and young readers in the US and the UK.
Find out the process behind his books, how he amassed the fortune fiction built, and how he plans to wield his impressive influence – as an author who outsells both J.K. Rowling and Dr Seuss.
James Patterson is in conversation with Rafael Epstein.
Andy Griffiths: Sale
If you’re a kid with an interest in zombie bums, not-very-merry merry-go-rounds, ninja snail training academies, gorillagrams or exploding butterflies, you already know who Andy Griffiths is. And if you don’t, here’s your chance to find out.
Probably the most popular – and certainly the silliest – children’s author in Australia, Andy is best known for the Just series, the …
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