An evening with Morris Gleitzman! Saturday the 10th of March

WestWords is proud to have presented a special event with the new Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018/19. This was the first public event for Morris, and it was a sell-out. Thank you to all that attended! We are feeling very inspired about the future of children’s literature in Australia.

Here are a few images from the Q&A and the signing that followed:





Here is what Trish Doyle, Blue Mountains MP, had to say:


“Literacy is particularly  important in this multi-media age. Children, from an early age, are exposed to the written word in all its forms. As a former educator I am very aware of the significance of early exposure to reading and literature.


We must not underestimate the value of children’s literature from an educational, developmental, psychological and cultural perspective.  Literature helps children to understand the world around them; it helps them to succeed in school and study. Australian children’s literature helps children to understand our culture, and that of others, our heritage and history. Reading itself crosses the generations, allowing parents and  grandparents to be part of the child’s learning and development.


I commend the partnership between WestWords and the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance which brings Australia’s newest Children’s Laureate, Morris Gleitzman, to the Blue Mountains.


My sons were brought up on Morris’ work. He engenders fun, mischief and enthusiasm among the young (and the not so young!) for Australian Children’s books. With over 40 books to his name, he is certainly  a very worthy recipient.”




WHERE: The Carrington, Katoomba
WHEN: Saturday the 10th of March. Drinks and nibbles start at 6pm and the event officially commences at 6.30pm sharp.
TICKETS: $25 for adults, $15 for concession. Booking to the right of this page.

Meet Morris Gleitzman in his first public event as the Australian Children’s Laureate. 

Morris explores how stories make us and why they can provide our best hope for the shaping the future.

“Young people need stories more than ever. Stories to delight, stories to beguile, stories to inspire, stories to move deeply. And through these experiences, stories equip young readers to embrace an often dark and uncertain world with optimism, resolve and creativity,” Gleitzman says. 

Morris Gleitzman is the author of more than 40 books including Once, Boy Overboard, Toad Rage and Two Weeks With the Queen. He is the 2018–2019 Australian Children’s Laureate.

Founded in 2008, the Laureateship is bestowed every two years on an outstanding writer or illustrator of children’s books. Its role is to promote the importance and transformational power of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians. Morris is the fifth Australian Children’s Laureate, following on from Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor (2012-13), Jackie French (2014-15) and Leigh Hobbs (2016-17)

The event will be an exciting opportunity to hear from the Laureate as they discuss the future of children’s writing in Australia.

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