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 were thrilled to reschedule for 29-30 October, 2021. We look forward to presenting a hybrid Conference program with a combination of live solos and panels, plus interstate presenters zooming live to the stage.  See below our line-up of 9 superb Australian YA Authors, with a three special guests joining us:

Presenting Authors

Barry Jonsberg (NT)

Holden Sheppard (WA)

Meg Caddy (WA)

Tristan Bancks (NSW) *

Alice Pung (VIC) *

Ellie Marney (VIC) *

Michael Pryor (VIC) *

Karen Foxlee (QLD) *

Michael Gerard Bauer (QLD) *

AND... announcing THREE guest authors Yuot A Alaak (WA), Sophie McNeill (WA) and Rebecca Higgie (WA) along with local facilitators and extra panellists. 

(* NSW, VIC and QLD authors will be zoomed live to the stage. They're unable to attend in person due to current WA border restrictions.) 

What To Expect

New Hybrid Conference Program 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. 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.
  • Time to browse and purchase books and art in our galleries.
  • Book signing opportunities with presenters across the two days. 
  • Delicious gourmet catering at tea breaks and lunches each day, and at the Sundowners.


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)

Register Via Eventbrite HERE  

Due to WA border restrictions and the COVID situation in Australia, some of our presenters will not be travelling to Fremantle. We are working with our AV company, AV Partners, to enable live Zoom solos by each of our East Coast authors, plus some presenters will still join panel discussions. Local facilitators will join our panel sessions, with local guest authors joining the last panel of Day 2.  
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 receive a full refundA 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. 

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