Celebrate Reading Conference 2023

Celebrate Reading Conference 

Fremantle Town Hall - 27 & 28 Oct

Stories With Spine

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The 2023 Celebrate Reading Conference – Stories with Spine is focused on promoting quality Australian literature for schools, libraries and bookshelves across Australia. This conference offers a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with these remarkable Australian authors and illustrators in a relaxed, festival-like atmosphere.

This is your chance to network, share ideas, browse our pop up bookstore and most importantly, get your books signed!

This year we will be joined by: Alice Pung, Aśka, Bri Lee, Cath Moore, C.S. Pacat, Dr Anita Heiss, Eliza Hull, Georgia Richter, Holden Sheppard, Jessica Walton, Julia Lawrinson, Kyle Perry, Lynette Noni, Meg Caddy, Meg McKinlay, Michael Speechley, Nova Weetman, Sue Whiting and Victoria Midwinter Pitt.

Get to know our Conference Presenters...

Don’t miss this outstanding line-up of presenters. This year the conference will be held at a new and fully accessible venue, The Fremantle Town Hall. We have also partnered with Paper Bird to host our dedicated conference bookshop. Registration includes;

  • Presentations, panels and intimate conversations exploring key issues, themes and genres in Australian fiction and nonfiction for young people including picture books, fantasy, magic, history, dystopia, cultural and self identity, body image, privilege, power and consent.
  • Two full days of sessions and catering, including morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea on both Friday and Saturday.
  • Ample book signing opportunities with all presenters. Generous delegate bag and inclusion in prize draws.


Standard Registration $550

Student Concession $330

Friday Single Day Registration $330

Saturday Single Day Registration $330

Shared Registration $330 - two people from the same organisation attend one day each. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction.

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This year we will not be offering paid parking at The Literature Centre. We encourage ticket holders to take public transport where possible. If this isn't an option, paid parking can be found at FOMO Car Park located at 22 Henderson St, or Collie Street Car Park located at 25 Collie St.

The Literature Centre recognises the WA Companion Card and will issue cardholders with a second ticket for their companion at no charge. Please email us at bookings@thelitcentre.org.au prior to purchasing your ticket to receive a code for a Companion ticket to use at checkout.

All ticket sales close on 13/10/2023 at 5PM AWST.


Scholarship entries to pre-service and early career teachers are now closed. 


You can view the 2023 Celebrate Reading Conference program here. All sessions will be held at The Fremantle Town Hall from 9AM to 5PM.