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Helping kids through time of crisis

Helping kids through time of crisis

In the Top End, a women and children’s crisis centre received books from our Book Supply Program for the first time last year. Dawn House in Darwin, which has been running since the early 1970s, offers accommodation to families who have been forced to flee their homes and communities as a result of domestic violence. Often this entails disruptions to schooling and leaving all belongings behind, including toys and books. “The books are a welcome gift for our clients and also assist the Children’s Support Workers to build rapport with clients,” says Jenna Taylor, who works at the centre. When Jenna...

  • Posted 26 December, 2018


Book giving day - a highlight of the school year

Book giving day - a highlight of the school year

Since 2015, all books delivered to Pine Creek School in the NT from our Book Supply program have been given to the students to go into their homes. Pine Creek is on the Stuart Highway, about an hour’s drive north of Katherine. Some 98% of its 36 students are Indigenous, and of those, most live in the nearby community of Kybrook, 8 kilometres away, rather than in the town itself. Each morning the principal drives the school bus out to Kybrook to pick the kids up, and at the end of the day she drops each of them safely back...

  • Posted 18 December, 2018


SOLD! Auction of celebrity autographs from Jon Faine 774 Radio goes under the hammer

SOLD! Auction of celebrity autographs from Jon Faine 774 Radio goes under the hammer

An unique book of autographs signed by 2018’s Conversation Hour guests has gone under the hammer, with more than $5,000 raised for our Foundation. For the past year Jon Faine, host of The Conversation Hour on ABC Radio Melbourne Victoria, has been collecting autographs from every guest who has appeared on the show. The big book of 2018 program rundowns has been signed by a fine mix of celebrated authors, academics, actors, musicians, humanitarians, scientists, and sporting stars and includes the likes of: Eric Idle, Billy Bragg, Colin Hay, Kaz Cooke, Ben Quilty, Markus Zusak, Mandy Patinkin, Rod Marsh, Antoinette Halloran, Ali McGregor, Dimity Shepherd, Anne...

  • Posted 07 December, 2018


Encouraging daily reading and active listening to stories

Encouraging daily reading and active listening to stories

A southern dialect of Pitjantjatjara as well as English is spoken in remote Tjuntjuntjara, WA where books from the our Book Supply feature during daily reading time at the community school. The books are set out on a trolley on the verandah at the Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School, for the kids to access after the morning recess break. They’re rotated each week, so there’s always a new selection. “The students love these books,” says Monika Klein, Playgroup Coordinator at the school. “They love the variety and are always excited when the boxes of new books arrive.” Any kids who can’t...

  • Posted 07 December, 2018


Time Travel, Zombies and Supernatural Disasters

Time Travel, Zombies and Supernatural Disasters

OUR FIRST GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP IN ALICE SPRINGS Graphic novelist Brenton McKenna first picked up a comic book when he was just nine years old. He was immediately drawn in by the detailed pictures and soon afterwards set about drawing comic-style illustrations of his own. In mid-November this year the young Yawuru artist and author headed from his home town Broome to Alice Springs to mentor four talented emerging graphic novelists in ILF's first graphic novel workshop. Over several days the students, who are in Years 9 and 10 at Centralian Middle School and Senior College in Mparntwe Alice Springs) in Arrernte country,...

  • Posted 30 November, 2018