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‘My decision to share my personal story through literature has been paramount to my emotional and holistic health, the cathartic telling guided by many senior healers and law-holders from my traditional land in the central desert.’—As part of an essay series for MWF Digital, which concluded earlier this week, Yankunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann reflects on how the events of the last few months have shaped the focus of her attention.
Australia Reads takes place from 1–12 November, with our very successful headline event the Australian Reading Hour on 12 November 2020.
We would like to recruit authors, libraries and booksellers interested in creating virtual events to support the perhaps scaled back physical events (due to Covid-19).
This November Australia Reads is releasing four wonderful ambassador children’s books that are being published for only $2.99. Individual books can be ordered now by the trade directly through the publisher. Please order in carton quantities where possible. All titles are 50% discount, firm sale. Posters and 8-pocket dumpbin are also available and these can be ordered via your Hachette account manager by 1 September 2020.
A July 2020 report into the impacts of Covid-19 delivered some good news on consumer attitudes to reading during lockdown. Findings revealed:
20% of Australians say they are reading more books due to lockdowns
Gen Z is reading more books than pre-Covid and their reading has increased more than older generations; this increased engagement with reading has been fairly steady since March
In terms of reading more on a permanent basis post-Covid, 12% of Australian say they will.
Register now to get involved in Australia Reads 2020. To make a pledge to read or to host your own Australia Reads event, either physical or virtual, please visit the Australia Reads website.
Walker Books Australia congratulates Meg McKinlay for winning West Australian Premier’s Prize for Writing for Children for her middle grade novel, Catch a Falling Star. We also congratulate Meg McKinlay and illustrator Leila Rudge for the shortlisting of their picture book, Let Me Sleep, Sheep!
The Walker Wednesday open day attracted over 1200 submissions! These ranged from picture books to junior fiction to YA, with projects covering a vast array of topics. They were submitted by authors from a variety of publishing backgrounds, with nearly 50% having been published before.
‘How wonderful to see aspiring authors sharing their excitement and enthusiasm on social media at #walkerwednesday. This is a testament to just how much this opportunity means to them. No small thing at any time, but especially now. Our Walker Books Australia team cannot wait to get reading!’ says Linsay Knight, publisher at Walker Books Australia.
Walker Wednesday is a twice yearly initiative of Walker Books to encourage authors to submit unpublished manuscripts for consideration. The next Walker Wednesday is 25 November.
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