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Light Up for Josh Pyke's first childrens book!

Light Up for Josh Pyke's first childrens book!

Our Lifetime Ambassador Josh Pyke is launching his first book at Kinokuniya Sydney on Saturday 8 June 2:30pm – 4:00pm. This is a free public event and we’d love to have your help to support Josh in his new endeavour. Josh, an ARIA award-winning singer, has provided continuous and unwavering support of our Foundation over the years. In 2009 Josh launched ‘Buskin for Change’ to raise funds for us, and has also raised over an incredible $50,000 since 2014! As well as ‘Buskin for Change’, Josh attended Garma run by the Yothu Yindi Foundation) in 2012, where he performed and...

  • Posted 26 May, 2019


Connecting native language communities across the Pacific

Connecting native language communities across the Pacific

In late February, as the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages got well underway, our Program Director Tina Raye, headed to Hawaii for the 6th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation. The conference theme for 2019, 39;Connecting Communities, Languages Technology', struck an immediate chord with Tina, given the work we do in remote parts of Australia, especially in publishing in Indigenous languages. This was exactly what her presentation – “Indigenous Literacy – our voices, our aspirations” – focused on. “I wanted to spell out how our Community Literacy Projects program contributes to both language maintenance and language revival, and...

  • Posted 17 May, 2019


Books in Kalaw Kawaw Ya for kids in the Torres Strait

Books in Kalaw Kawaw Ya for kids in the Torres Strait

“We need to write and publish our own books, in our own languages.” – Leitha Assan, Torres Strait Islander and ILF Board Director Early in May, ILF team members Tina Raye Program Director) and Leonie Short Program Manager) headed to some remote islands in the Torres Strait, off the tip of Cape York Peninsula. This is our first field trip to this region and we’re very excited at the prospect of publishing some children’s books in Kalaw Kawaw Ya, a dialect of Kala Lagaw Ya, the traditional language spoken on Boigu, Saibai and Dauan islands. ILF Board Director and Badhu yoepkazz (woman) from the...

  • Posted 17 May, 2019


Volunteer with us at the Byron Writers' Festival

Volunteer with us at the Byron Writers' Festival

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is proud to be the charity of choice for Byron Writers Festival for the seventh year running. We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help represent our Foundation and help us raise funds to close the literacy gap in remote Australia. Tasks will include: Circulate with ILF donation boxes and accept donations. Be confident and polite with approaching festival patrons. Responding to basic queries about who we are and what we do full training and information will be provided) give out brochures and other information. Assist with the set up and pack down of our stall brochures, posters,...

  • Posted 16 May, 2019


Learn a little Yolŋu Matha in a new book from Nhulunbuy

Learn a little Yolŋu Matha in a new book from Nhulunbuy

Last August, a group of talented students at Nhulunbuy Primary School in the Gove Peninsula, NT participated in their second round of workshops. Both workshops, including some class time in-between, has been dedicated to working on their publishing project which is in their home language and English. Now, the beautifully illustrated book will be off to print in the next few days! The workshops at Nhulunbuy were conducted by ILF ambassador and award-winning illustrator Ann James and former teacher-librarian Ann Haddon, both founders of Books Illustrated, which promotes the work of Australian illustrators. Yolŋu teachers were also on hand during...

  • Posted 15 May, 2019