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Reading Forum Series 2020 (All 4 Sessions)

  • 27 Feb 2020
  • 29 Oct 2020
  • 4 sessions
  • 27 Feb 2020, 4:30 PM 6:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
  • 14 May 2020, 4:30 PM 6:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
  • 30 Jul 2020, 4:30 PM 6:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
  • 29 Oct 2020, 4:30 PM 6:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
  • Various Locations


  • For Non-members

    Discount is applied for all 4 sessions.

    - Showbag of resource material
    - Certificate of Participation
    - Afternoon tea/refreshments
    - 10% off all books on the night


Session 1 -  27/02/2020

Session 2 - 14/05/2020

Session 3 -  30/07/2020

Session 4 - 29/10/2020

Time: 4:30pm-  6:30pm

Location: See individual sessions below


SLAV Members

$170 (inc. GST) Series ticket (4 sessions)

Non Members

$210 (inc. GST) Series ticket (4 sessions)

Delegates will receive:

- Showbag of resource material

- Certificate of Participation

- Afternoon tea/refreshments

- 10% off all books on the night

Session 1 - 27th February 2020

Melbourne Grammar School

Lecture Theatre

In this first event of our 2020 series, we will be joined by nine publishers who will each have five minutes to share with us their releases for 2020.

We have expanded the scope of this forum to include books for primary and early secondary, making this event a must for anyone running a reading program at years seven and eight as well as primary practitioners.

  • Allen & Unwin
  • Affirm Press
  • Berbay Books
  • Ford Street Publishing
  • Magabala Books
  • Scribble Kids Books
  •  Penguin Random House
  •  Text Publishing
  •  Wild Dog Books

We will also be joined by special guests, author Felice Arena and the author/illustrator Lucinda Gifford, who will share their work.

The Kids Bookshop will be in attendance.

Special Guests

Lucinda Gifford is the author and illustrator of many well-loved children’s books. Many years ago, Lucinda left her fishing village in Scotland’s far north to study architecture in the big city, and quickly realised she preferred sketching buildings to designing them. She finally shared some of her best sketches 25 years later – at the 2014 SCBWI Illustrator Showcase in Sydney. Since then, she has illustrated 30 books, six of which she has also written. Her illustrations appear in a range of Australian picture books and junior and middle grade fiction, including Fairytales for Feisty Girls by Susannah McFarlane and, most recently, Emily Rodda’s Monty’s Island series. Lucinda lives in Melbourne and hopes to write and draw for the rest of her life.

Felice Arena is one of Australia’s best-loved children’s writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children’s books for all ages, including the acclaimed historical adventure adventures The Boy and the Spy, Fearless Frederic and The Great Escape, the bestselling Specky Magee books and the popular Andy Roid and Sporty Kids series.

The Besties series is illustrated by Australian illustrator Tom Jellett. Tom has been an editorial illustrator for News Limited, working on The Australian, The Weekend Australian and The Daily Telegraph and his work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, The Week and the Medical Observer. His picture books with Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting, The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book and The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle have been Australian bestsellers. His other acclaimed picture books include Why I Love Footy and Why I Love Summer with Michael Wagner, and Grandpa's Big Adventure, written by Paul Newman.

Session 2 - 14th May 2020

Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School - Senior Library

Ground floor of the Cooerwull Centre, Noel Street, Ivanhoe

Session 3 - 30th JULY 2020

Kew Primary School

Peel Street, Kew

Session 4 - 29th October 2020

Abbotsford Convent

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