Australian School Library Association Conference XXVI - Guest Authors
National Library, Canberra: 14-16 April, 2019
Jackie French AM
Australian author, historian, ecologist, 2014-2015 Australian Children's Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.
In 2016 Jackie became a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to children's literature and her advocacy for youth literacy. She is regarded as one of Australia's most popular children's authors and writes across all genres, from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction for a variety of age groups.
Australian Children's Laureate, 2018-2019
Morris Gleitzman is a bestselling Australian children’s author whose books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in funny and unexpected ways. His books are published in more than twenty countries. As the Australian Children's Laureate Morris is currently roaming the land engaging young readers in a celebration of stories and all the precious things they get from them while at the same time encouraging adults to think more deeply and perceptively about the transformative qualities of good stories for young people and if possible read a few of them aloud.
Australian author of fiction for children and adults
In high school Jack was frustrated by the slow pace and lack of excitement in most teenage fiction, so he started writing his own novel. Jack Heath has written more than twenty action-packed novels for children and young adults.
The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund has provided a grant to bring authors to the conference.