Reading with Premiers Reading Challenge

Reading with Premiers Reading Challenge

Love reading. Love being a writer ambassador for The Premiers Reading Challenge (The Arts Unit, Education Department NSW).

The Challenge takes reading to every corner of the state each year with:-

300,000 students reading books

2,400 government, non-government and home schools participating in reading.

A fabulous collection of children’s literature including my I Am Jack (HarperCollins ) and fiction, non-fiction, picture books, poetry and drama.




Loved speaking to the kids of Haberfield Public School, all of whom value reading.

School librarians are the heart of schools – thankyou to Michael Fraser for opening his library to The Arts Unit and the Challenge.

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.


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