Two of Australia’s greatest advocates for children and reading are two of its most celebrated children’s writers. This session, as part of the Adelaide Writers’ Week Kids’ Days, brings together the beloved author of Possum Magic, Mem Fox, and the maniacally fun Andy Griffiths for a conversation about writing for children, becoming advocates for literacy and why it is so vital that we ensure all of our kids read.
About the Authors:
Mem Fox has written over 25 books for adults and children including Where is the Green Sheep, Koala Lou, Time For Bed and Possum Magic, which has sold over 3 million copies and is the bestselling picture book ever in Australia. Fox has won many awards including an AM in the 1993 Australia Day Honours for services to the cultural life of Australia; an SA Great Award for Literature in 2001; the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal in 2003; and she was shortlisted for the Australian of the Year in 2004. Mem was an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the School of Education at Flinders University for 24 years and is now an international literacy consultant.
Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s writers. He is the author of more than 20 books including The Day My Bum Went Psycho and the Just! series. With illustrator Terry Denton, Griffiths has written the ground-breaking The Bad Book, The Cat on the Mat is Flat, the bestselling The Very Bad Book and now the Treehouse series. They have won numerous kids choice awards including the ABIA Award for Older Readers for both The 13-Storey Treehouse and The 26-Storey Treehouse. Most recently they have published The 39-Story Treehouse.
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What: Read To Me – Adelaide Writers’ Week 2014
When: Saturday 1 March 2014
Where: West Stage, Pioneer Women`s Memorial Garden
Who: All Ages
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