Multi-modes, Multi-voices, Multi-literacies

The 6th Bendigo Children's Literature Conference

Presented by La Trobe University in association with
The May Gibbs Literature Trust and The Australian Scholarship Group

Another successful conference, held over 8th and 9th August, 2008. A challenging and though-provoking program was enjoyed by 100 participants, with major foci on multi-modal forms and narratives, creative illustration, and publishing and presentation.

The 6th Euphemia Tanner Award for outstanding contribution to children's literature was presented to Bronwen Bennett, national president of the Children's Book Council of Australia



Hazel Edwards (keynote address and workshop)
The creator of the acclaimed Hippopotamus on the Roof series for early readers has recently been publishing her work simultaneously in text, audio, Braille, and Auslan on video.  After a visit to Antarctica she has also been looking at long-distance communication in families because of work and other separations - Hazel's website

Brett McLennan (keynote address and workshop)
From the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Brett explores how story and narrative are presented through film and on-line visual technologies

John Nicholson (exhibition and workshops)
3 times winner of the CBC Information Book of the Year, John will feature in the formal exhibition of artwork, along with …

Elise Hurst (exhibition and workshops)
One of the brightest up-and-coming artists and illustrators - Elise's website

Paul Collins (workshops)
Author and publisher, Paul is behind the Quentaris fantasy series, where many of Australia’s top writers create different episodes in the life of an imaginary city - Paul's website one, and website two!

Glenda Millard (workshop)
Glenda's sensitive and thoughtful writing about characters such as Tishkin Silk and Perry Angel is making a strong impression

Paul Morris (workshop)
A lecturer in Visual Arts, Paul has recently completed a project creating tactile “illustration” packs to support visually impaired readers - information on the project

Miffy Farquharson (workshop)
The current Victorian CBC Book Awards judge and an active school librarian

Sarah Mayor Cox (workshop)
A school literacy consultant, university lecturer and co-convener of the CBC Crichton Award


La trobe University May Gibbs ASG