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Celebrate Reading National Conference 2021 - Registrations and Scholarship News

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Register via Eventbrite HERE

See 2021 Conference flyer HERE  

See Scholarship flyer HERE



Award-winning WA author, Holden Sheppard, is joining our superb author line-up!

Scholarships announced! Early career secondary teachers and teacher librarians can apply for one of two Conference Scholarships.  

Watch our Conference Presenters' Teaser Video HERE


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.



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)


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 - Deadline 27 April, 2021

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!  Full details on the flyer HERE



Registration includes two full days of sessions and all catering.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $495 per person (incl. GST) Deadline Saturday 1 May, 2021.

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)