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Hello, Hello, Kalgoorlie!

Hello, Hello, Kalgoorlie!

This past week our team travelled around 3000km out to Kalgoorlie to launch a new songbook, Hello, Hello, with its young authors from Laverton, Menzies, and Tjuntjuntjara Remote community schools. Throughout 2018, twelve students from these remote communities met in Tjuntjuntjara to take part in the third Spinifex Writing Camp, ready and excited to put their ideas into a new book. Working with illustrator Ann James and ‘music-man’ Chris Aitken, the students worked for a week to produce a series of songs and illustrations that reflected their lives and communities. And this week, they had the chance to launch their...

  • Posted 19 December, 2019


2019 ABC Conversation Hour Autograph Book

2019 ABC Conversation Hour Autograph Book

Bid for a unique book of autographs signed by 2016's Conversation Hour guests, with all proceeds going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. For the past year Jon Faine and Virginia Trioli have been collecting autographs from every guest who has appeared on The Conversation Hour on ABC Radio Melbourne and Victoria. And now they are up for auction, bound into a handsome book, with all funds raised being generously donated to our Foundation. The big book of 2019 program rundowns has been signed by a fine mix of celebrated authors, academics, actors, musicians, humanitarians, scientists, and sporting stars and includes the likes...

  • Posted 18 December, 2019


We Need Your Help this Giving Season

We Need Your Help this Giving Season

We have had many generous supporters throughout the year, donating, hosting fundraisers, and raising awarness for our Foundation. We are now asking for your support this end of year to help us achieve our ambitious goals in 2020. We know how important books are for kids when they’re learning to read and write. And we also know how critical the development of literacy skills is to ensuring equity of opportunity when it comes to children’s futures and choice. Sadly, in many – if not most – homes in remote Indigenous communities there are few to no books at all. Few...

  • Posted 12 December, 2019


Big Day Out With Books

Big Day Out With Books

In isolated Gununa on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, it’s impossible to buy a book at the community store because none are stocked. But books from the ILF Book Supply are now beginning to make a real difference in the school readiness of five-year-olds on the island. The Kirdi Mayarr Early Learning Centre caters for youngsters aged six weeks to five years. Every Thursday, it hosts a Big Day Out and invites parents and families along to join in the activities. Once a month there’s a special storytime session featuring props made by the dedicated staff to accompany...

  • Posted 03 December, 2019


Flying High with Jetstar

Flying High with Jetstar

This week, Jetstar announced our Foundation as the latest recipient of a $30,000 Flying Start grant. The grant will help us provide over 280 Indigenous communities across the country with books and literacy resources, as well as assist in raising community awareness and support of our work. The grant, comprising $15,000 in Jetstar flights and $15,000 cash, will assist us in providing an additional 1,500 books and literacy resources to Australian communities that need them most. Our Executive Director, Karen Williams, is confident that the grant will help our Foundation to supply culturally relevant and engaging books and literacy materials to many...

  • Posted 26 November, 2019