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Reading Forum Series 2020 - Session 2 - Online Event

  • 14 May 2020
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Online Event


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Session 2

Non Fiction for Pleasure

Online Event

Details will be sent to all participants

Date: 14/05/2020

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Not all readers prefer narrative for their pleasure reading.  How do we engage those who prefer fact to fiction? What works best for those who prefer true stories and examples of real lives?  This forum will consider books that work and ideas that assist in their promotion.


SLAV Members

$20 (inc. GST) Individual session ticket

Non Members

$30 (inc. GST) Individual session ticket

Delegates will receive:

-all PowerPoints, handouts from presenters

- Certificate of Participation

- Order forms from The Kids Bookshop and special discounts

4.00 to 4.15

Welcome and settling in to format

4.15 to 4.35

Making facts fun – the whys and hows of creative non-fiction

 Holly Toohey is a Publisher at Penguin Random House Australia. She creates and acquires new books and series for young readers of all ages, with a particular focus on brand partnerships and in-house creation. Holly has the pleasure of working with wonderfully talented fiction authors such as Jacqueline Harvey, R. A. Spratt and George Ivanoff, and is proud to have worked on bestselling non-fiction titles such as Shout Out to the Girls, High Five to the Boys and How to Save the Whole Stinkin’ Planet.


4.35 to 4.45

Connecting narrative non-fiction with secondary school Curriculum areas

Teacher-Librarians play a key role in collaborating with teachers to plan and support the delivery of curriculum in their schools.

Jocelyn Allen will highlight examples from both primary and secondary sectors, where the use of narrative non-fiction titles has been incorporated into teaching and learning programs to promote understanding and foster an enjoyment of reading.

Jocelyn Allen, Info-Hub Leader, Head Teacher Librarian, Firbank Grammar School

4.45 to 5.05

It’s a pleasure. Non-fiction that is timely, relevant, and expert

Maryann Ballantyne has worked in Australian publishing for a very long time. She loves introducing readers to stories - stories about ourselves, what makes us tick, who we are and where we have come from. The right non-fiction will set young readers on the most fantastic journey. 

5.05 to 5.15

Reading For Pleasure: what's the truth behind the story? 

 Real Stories & Non-Fiction are a key parts of the Loyola College library collection - and their inclusion in reading challenges, targeted purchasing and promotion all highlight their importance not only as valuable literacy support for our students but also respond to their interests, encouraging them to read widely.

Alida Galati, i-centre Librarian, Loyola College

5.15 to 5.45

Special Guest: Sue Lawson

Sue Lawson’s books, including Pan’s Whisper and Freedom Ride, are recognized for the sensitive way they explore the exciting and heartbreaking complexities of adolescence.

As well as writing young adult novels, Sue co-writes fiction and nonfiction with Boonwurrung Elder, Aunty Fay Muir. Their books include Nganga, Respect, illustrated by Lisa Kennedy and the soon to be released, Always Was, Always Will Be.

A former teacher, Sue worked for the ABC and commercial stations as a presenter and producer. She is currently a full-time writer, runs workshops and author talks, and also facilitates interviews and festivals.

5.50 to 6.00 - The Kids Bookshop

10 books in 10 minutes


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