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Translating picture books one word at a time

Translating picture books one word at a time

In the remote Utopia Homelands of the NT, over the past three years, books from our Book Supply program have been helping develop school readiness among young children.  Contact Inc, based in Alice Springs, provides mobile playgroup sessions to the outlying homelands communities of Soapy Bore, Atheleye, Rocket Range and Apungdalingdum, where most families continue to live a traditional lifestyle. There is much scope for learning — for all involved in the playgroups! — in the simplest of picture books. “To begin the love of reading books, having visual pictures that are relevant to the age of the children, and encouraging...

  • Posted 12 November, 2018


Developing skills for the future - the Pamela Lofts Mentoring Project

Developing skills for the future - the Pamela Lofts Mentoring Project

Seven talented young women from schools in remote regions of WA and the NT have just spent a week in Sydney advancing their writing and book illustrating skills. This year, the Pamela Lofts Mentoring Project focused not only on developing  storytelling and artwork but also on providing some practical hands-on experience of working in the Australian publishing industry. Five of the participants, aged 14 to 18, had been “spotted” by our ambassadors on recent field trips to remote communities. “They were selected for their awesome ability,” says project facilitator Gregg Dreise, one of our Foundation’s ambassadors who has previously run...

  • Posted 31 October, 2018


Trivia Night (Melb) 12 Dec

Trivia Night (Melb) 12 Dec

Join us for a night of book trivia, laughter and fundraising with the wonderful Brian Nankervis as your host. Our annual Trivia night in Melbourne raise funds each year to support our literacy programs in remote Indigenous communities. Seating is limited so booking is essential.  Wednesday 12 December 6:00 PM Fitzroy Town Hall 201 Napier St, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065 BOOK NOW...

  • Posted 17 October, 2018


Taking some time out with a book

Taking some time out with a book

Over the past two years, boxes of books from our Book Supply Program have found their way to Kununurra, Halls Creek, Warmun, Kalumburu and many other remote communities in the East Kimberleys of WA. The Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service works with families and young people in this region, promoting healthy lifestyle choices. A particular focus is on establishing safe spaces where family members can sit down for a while and read to the kids. “The books are not only about literacy development but are a wonderful way of individuals connecting,” says Jo Warren, one of the health workers. “It...

  • Posted 11 October, 2018


An exciting new songbook from Spinifex Country

An exciting new songbook from Spinifex Country

Cheeky dogs, a pop-up bookshop and a “wok off” were among the highlights of a weeklong writing camp in a remote community near the WA–SA border. The first week of spring brought a veritable buzz of creative activity to a remote Aboriginal community 700 kilometers north-east of Kalgoorlie, WA near the SA border. Nine students from three schools – Tjuntjuntjtara, Menzies and Laverton – spent five days at the Spinifex Writing Camp, developing the lyrics and illustrations for a new songbook. Working with these talented kids were children’s book illustrator and ILF ambassador Ann James, musician Chris Aitken and Nicole...

  • Posted 28 September, 2018