I had the honour of attending the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards recently. It was a special pleasure for me, as my friend and guiding star Rebecca Young won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature for her masterpiece, Teacup, illustrated by the brilliant Matt Ottley. It was also an honour to hear Premier Mike Baird discuss his own vision of reading as something important for all Australians.
His Premier’s Reading Challenge is one of the jewels in the state crown, and a triumph of bipartisan support for literacy development in NSW. During the ten years I worked as a bookseller at Dymocks Burwood I enjoyed unnumbered conversations with parents and young readers about the pleasures of the Challenge. Now, under the guidance of children’s author and educator Yvette Poshoglian, the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge is set to go from strength-to-strength.
So it is with great joy I share my own involvement in the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2016. Students from Kindergarten to Year 9 are invited to enter the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge ‘Words and Art’ Competition. See here for terms and conditions and how to enter. And the prize? For students in K-2, a visit to your school by the wonderful Belinda Murrell. For Years 3-6, a visit by Kate and Jol Temple. And for Years 7-9? A visit by me, your resident neighbourhood pirate wrangler!
Good luck to all entrants, and happy reading to all those students participating in the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2016.
Happy times and places. I hope to meet all of you some day!