Attend our Celebrate Reading National Conference 2021

Published on Thursday, 1 July 2021 at 4:27:00 PM

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Join us for the 2021 Celebrate Reading National Conference - Insights into Quality Australian Literature for Young Adults

Following the cancellation of our Conference in October 2020 due to COVID-19, we are THRILLED to reschedule for 29-30 October, 2021. The decision was made to ensure Young Adult Literature, and the authors who create it, do not miss out.  See below our line-up of 9 superb Australian YA Authors.

Presenting Authors

Alice Pung (VIC)

Karen Foxlee (QLD)

Ellie Marney (VIC)

Barry Jonsberg (NT)

Michael Pryor (VIC)

Meg Caddy (WA)

Tristan Bancks (NSW)

Michael Gerard Bauer (QLD)

Holden Sheppard (WA)

AND... announcing two special guest authors Yuot A Alaak (WA) and Sophie McNeill (WA)


What To Expect

Conference Program Now Released HERE

Experience two days of inspiration and insights into quality Australian Literature at our annual Conference, uniquely held at our Centre inside the Old Fremantle Prison. In 2021, we've ensured this fascinating secondary school focus still has its time! The conference suits teachers, librarians, writers, and literature enthusiasts. Celebrate Reading offers an atmosphere and venue like no other.

Delegates will enjoy:

  • All panel discussions and solos - no concurrent sessions.
  • Engrossing sessions on key issues in Australian YA Literature.
  • A deeper understanding of contemporary Australian fiction and the context of each author's work.
  • Insights into the creative process behind quality Australian books.
  • Generous delegate bag and automatic entry into all prize draws.
  • Superbly curated exhibitions of original artwork in our galleries.
  • Time to browse and purchase books and art. 
  • Book signing opportunities with all presenters across the two days.
  • Delicious gourmet catering at tea breaks and lunches each day, and at the Sundowners.


Scholarship Opportunity

We're pleased to offer two scholarships to support early career teachers whose key teaching responsibilities are in secondary schools. The scholarship will give a free registration to the winners to attend our two day Conference.

  • Applicant to be in the first five years of teaching career.
  • Applicant to be a Secondary School Teacher or Teacher Librarian.
  • Applicant will require approval to attend from their Principal or Deputy Principal should they be successful.
  • To enter, answer 3 easy questions (max 300 words) and email it in! Deadline extended to 9am, 3 May 2021. Full details on the flyer HERE

** Thankyou!  All entries in and winners notified! **


Registration Details

Registration includes two full days of sessions and all catering.

STANDARD REGISTRATION: $550 per person (incl. GST) Commences after Early Bird expires.

STUDENT REGISTRATION: $395 per person (incl. GST) Student card details to be provided.

SHARED REGISTRATION: $330 per person (incl. GST) Two people attend one day each.

OPTIONAL PARKING: A limited amount of optional parking is available at $25 per car on the Hampton Road grassed reserve near our gate. Get in early! (Note: parking can be ordered and paid for separately online if unable to be included in school or library registrations)

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If a delegate can’t attend our Celebrate Reading National Conference due to enforced COVID border restrictions by states (including mandatory 2 week quarantining) they will get a full refundWe’d like people to book with confidence. A decision from interstate delegates one week prior to the Conference would be requested. Many of our delegates are from Perth or around WA, so interstate cancellations due to border restrictions should not significantly impact our event. 
In the coming months, we’ll be working with our AV company regarding options for streaming sessions for interstate delegates should the need arise. If a few presenters are not be able to travel due to COVID, we’ll propose to have them zoom in live for their sessions. We don’t believe this will be an issue.

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