For the first time Australia has appointed a position of Children’s Laureate to be given to a well-known and loved author of books for children and young adults. Two authors have been appointed in 2012. They are Alison Lester and Borri Monty Pryor. ACLA Board Member and illustrator Ann James says, “Alison and Boori have a lot in common … both are storytellers, and each has generations of storytellers behind them. They share their stories in a myriad of ways – oral, performance, visual, written – and both collaborate with other artists to bring their stories alive. Both place the land as a major character in their work , and importantly, both view children as real partners in their work. They are both inspiring, creative and passionate.
Welcome back to 2012 and a fantastic year of reading. This year people of all ages and backgrounds will be taking part in an amazing range of fun activities based around books and reading. At Woodleigh we will be having visiting authors, competitions and quizzes, mass readings and lots of other things – keep an eye on this space.
To find out more check out the National Year of Reading website. National Year of Reading 2012
Popular author and illustrator Shaun Tan is to be congratulated on his nomination for an Academy Award in the category of animated short film.
He has been working on an adaptation of his picture story book The Lost Thing.
The 15-minute film is one of five to receive nominations for the short animation category which will be announced at The 83rd Academy Awards on February 27.
Tan was born in Fremantle in 1974, and freelanced for some years from a studio in Mount Lawley.
He bagged several international art and writing awards before relocating to Melbourne in 2007.
Woodleigh School wishes Shaun Tan good luck for the awards.
Find out more at the website http://www.thelostthing.com/
Or watch the trailer on youtube http://www.wikio.co.uk/video/lost-thing-trailer-5040803
Melbourne’s passion for literature and books has been rewarded by The United Nations naming Melbourne as only its second City of Literature and part of its Creative Cities Network. In 2005 Edinburgh was named the first City of Literature, and Melboure, like Edinburgh, is justly proud of the culture of books and reading here. According to the bid document Melbourne “boasts more bookshops per head of population than anywhere else in the country” and also enjoys “the country;s highest concentration of community book clubs. Hopefully this award will encourage the State Government to p rovide more support to writing and publishing in the city. The government was the driving force behind the bid, and intends to fund a Centre for Books and Ideas on the Little Lonsdale Street side of the State Library. Groups such as the Victorian Writers’ Centre and the Australian Poetry Centre will find a home there.