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Celebrate Reading Conference 2022

Dive into the World of Creating Picture Books and Junior Fiction

Our 2022 Celebrate Reading Conference takes place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October. Join us and experience two days of ideas, inspiration, and insights into creating Australian picture books and junior fiction for children.  

This year we will be joined by an outstanding lineup of Australian artists;

Morris Gleitzman, Jackie French AM, Marc McBride, Kirli Saunders, Sean E. Avery, Cristy Burne, Gabriel Evans, Deb Fitzpatrick, James Foley, Dr. Helen Milroy and Dianne Wolfer.

The Literature Centre's Celebrate Reading Conference offers an atmosphere and venue like no other. This year we are excited to reveal that the sessions for the Conference will be held in our main gallery, delegates will also have opportunities to browse the Centre's exhibitions, our main bookshop (open at select times), and our dedicated conference bookshop.

As always Celebrate Reading Conference runs no concurrent sessions. Registration includes two full days of sessions and all tea breaks, lunches, and a Sundowner on the final day. Delegates receive a generous tote bag on arrival and there are multiple prizes are to be won between sessions. 

Presenters offer outstanding discussions on key issues in Australian children's literature including the importance of First Nations voices, writing for diverse learning abilities, history meets imagination, reaching the digital child with stories, insights into creating new work. Plus there will be ample book signing opportunities with all the presenters!

Conference Program

Conference Flyer


Please click on the link below to be directed to Eventbrite to reserve your ticket. Delegates also have the option to reserve a Standard, Shared, or Student concession and prices are inclusive of GST.

Standard Registration $550 per person 

Student Concession $330 per person 

Shared Registration $330 per person (2 people, choose 1 day each)

Single Day Registration $330 per person (1 person, choose 1 day)

Eventbrite Ticket Registration


Scholarship entries are now closed, and the chosen winner has been contacted by email. If you have any questions please email us at

Scholarship Details

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Celebrate Reading Conference 2021

 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 our Celebrate Reading Conference for 29 & 30 October in 2021. Our Conference program changed slightly in 2021, combining local live solos and panels, with interstate presenters zooming live to the stage. 

Delegates experienced two days of inspiration and insights into quality Australian Literature at our annual Conference

2021 Conference Photo Album

2021 Hybrid Conference Video

2021 Hybrid Conference Program Flyer

2021 Conference Presenter's Teaser Video