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 New Position Available: Marketing Coordinator

New Position Available: Marketing Coordinator

We're excited to share an exciting new opportunity to work with us in our Sydney based Marketing team.  We are a national charity of the Australian Book Industry, which works to address literacy levels in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities and are seeking an experienced, well organised and efficient self starter to work with our Marketing Manager to deliver all marketing communications and events. Ability to work to tight deadlines, effective writing and editing skills, along with enjoyment of working with people is a must. Immediate start, drivers license is preferable.  FULL JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION DETAILS HERE.  Applications close Wednesday 22 May. We look...

  • Posted 14 May, 2019


Welcome back to our 2019 Student Ambassadors!

Welcome back to our 2019 Student Ambassadors!

We’re excited to welcome back seven wonderful students who joined us last year as Student Ambassadors. These inspiring young leaders were chosen to support and represent our Foundation. After doing such a great job last year, we’ve invited them back for another year to help us support and celebrate the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages. From New South Wales we welcome back Joshua Lam from Sydney Boys High School 16), Naya Cook from Hunters Hill High School 15), Sidney Edwards from Blue Mountains Grammar School 11) and Kiara Harris from Condobolin High School 14). From Victoria we welcome back Sapphire...

  • Posted 03 May, 2019


Word of the Month - Celebrating Tiwi in the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages

Word of the Month - Celebrating Tiwi in the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages

Yirrikipayi is a Tiwi word meaning salt-water crocodile. Tiwi is an Australian Indigenous language. Today it is spoken by around 2,000 people, most of whom live in the Tiwi Islands, 80 kilometres to the north of Darwin, NT across the Arafura Sea. It is a stand-alone language, having no relationship to any languages spoken on mainland Australia. Since European colonisation, Tiwi has evolved. These days two variations are spoken. Older speakers speak Traditional Tiwi, the form also used in ceremonies, while younger islanders speak what is known as Modern Tiwi. Nonetheless, the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger...

  • Posted 03 May, 2019


The school where you get a book at assembly!

The school where you get a book at assembly!

One week last term, the kids at Mornington Island State School got a big surprise at their school assembly when each of them received a book of their own to take home. The books had been gifted to the school by way of our Book Supply program. “They were thrilled,” says Kate Stasser, Head of Curriculum Primary). “And what was really lovely was just afterwards seeing an older brother reading to his little sister.” Mornington Island is in the Gulf of Carpentaria. There are 276 students enrolled in years K to 10 at the school, and all but six of them...

  • Posted 29 April, 2019


Trailblazing a path to publication

Trailblazing a path to publication

Following on from the successful first workshop, a second graphic novel workshop with Brenton McKenna and Wolfgang Bylsma and four students from Centralian Middle School took place in Perth during the April school holidays. The first workshop was held last November in Alice Springs. Brenton, Yawuru author of the popular Ubby’s Underdogs series, travelled from his home in Broome to work with four super-talented students from Centralian Senior College in Mparntwe Alice Springs). At that workshop, Brenton and his co-mentor, publisher Wolfgang Bylsma from Gestalt Comics), were equally enthralled by the imaginative ideas these emerging writer/artists were developing. And from...

  • Posted 26 April, 2019