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The Art and Science of Translating & Sharing Australian Children's Stories Worldwide   


Thurs 11 Oct 5.30pm-7.30pm
Inspire Centre, Building 25, University of Canberra


  • Libby Gleeson AM, author
  • Freya Blackwood, illustrator & author
  • Matthew Callaghan, translator, Australian National University
  • Angela Namoi, recently retired Rights Director, Allen & Unwin Publishers


Libby Gleeson AM
Libby Gleeson AM has published over 30 popular, highly acclaimed books for children and teenagers, been shortlisted for 13 CBCA Awards, and won three. Libby has been a teacher and lecturer and contributes regularly to national conferences. She chaired the Australian Society of Authors from 1999-2001, and in 2007 was awarded membership to the Order of Australia. She won the 2011 Dromkeen Medal, awarded for contributions to children's literature.

Freya Blackwood
Freya Blackwood has illustrated books written by Libby Gleeson, Margaret Wild, and many more well-known authors. She has also both written and illustrated her own picture books. My Two Blankets written by Irena Kobold won the CBCA Picture Book Award in 2015. In 2010 Freya won the Kate Greenaway Medal for her illustrations in Margaret Wild’s Harry & Hopper. Freya loves creating characters, giving them emotions and their own small world to live in, and many of her books have been translated into other languages all over the world. Freya lives in Orange with her daughter Ivy, their naughty whippet Pivot and four noisy chickens. 

Matthew Callaghan
Matthew Callaghan is a PhD candidate and lecturer of Translation Studies at the ANU. He has an MA in Translation Studies and has published literary translations. Prior to starting at ANU, he worked as a professional translator in Chile for a number of years, where he translated texts from a variety of spheres from Spanish into English. He also has a two-year-old trilingual daughter (English, Spanish and Toddler), who very much enjoys (translations of) children’s literature.

Angela Naomi
Angela Namoi was the Rights Director for Allen & Unwin’s children’s books until her retirement in July this year. She is passionate about getting the Australian voice out into the wider world. In 2014 Angela was awarded the Pixie O’Harris Award and in 2016 she received the George Robertson Award for services to Australian literature.


Nibbles and drinks
Fees payable in cash at the door
Students & concessions $20; CBCA Members $25; others $35


Hop Up! Wriggle Over! And enjoy...


Presented by Rowan Simpkin at the Woden Public Library Conference Room, Saturday 20 October from 11.30am-12.30pm

Experience wonderful books by well known Australian authors and illustrators Elizabeth Honey, Alison Lester and Bob Graham. See how these wonderful books are created with display cases filled with storyboards, draft manuscripts and thumbnail sketches. See some of the many translations. Learn about the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature which collects every Australian children’s book ever published as well as art works, letters, photos and more.

Enjoy Noni the Pony, That’s Not a Daffodil!, Let’s Get a Pup, Hop Up! Wriggle Over! Queenie, the Bantamand more.

Bring your young people along to be engaged with the best of Australia’s Literature for your children (and the young at heart). A fun session put together by Rowan Simpkin from the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature with readings, original artworks, storybooks and ephemera.



Mirrors and Windows: Cultural Diversity in Australian Picture Books

Presented by Emeritus Professor Belle Alderman AM 

Director, National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc


Woden Public Library Conference Room, Sunday 14 October 2018 from 2.00pm-3.00pm 

We often say that books are ‘both mirrors and windows.’ They both reflect ourselves and allow us to see others. This is especially true of Australian children’s picture books. Here are the ideas, stories, and visual images that we adults wish to share with our children. We recognise the world as a complex place with sometimes conflicting views and various beliefs that mix, blend and change over the years. This talk surveys Australian picture books and their reflection of cultural diversity over time with an emphasis on 

their special strengths over the last few years. 



Sharing Stories opening 


Woden Public Library Conference Room, Monday 8 October 2018 from 5.30-7.30pm 

Jackie French AM is the opening speaker at Sharing Stories, a series of events during October offered by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature. Jackie is one of Australia’s most translated children’s authors with over 40 of her books appearing in more than 20 languages worldwide. The special gift of translations is that these are the stories that countries around the world wish to share as their best. They offer unique special insights into ourselves as we share the same stories and images. Jackie will speak of her experiences with translations and also the reactions from children around the world to her stories.

From 2-20 October the Conference Room will also feature a never-seen-in-Australia exhibit of 191 outstanding children’s books in translation from 70 countries around the world. Also on exhibit is a collection of excellent Australian children’s books over the last 60 years. We invite you to view these and the unique displays of original artworks by Alison Lester, Bob Graham and other Australian favourites. 




Woden Public Library

Three mini-exhibitions featuring original artworks and the creative process behind Alison Lester’s Noni the Pony and Noni Goes to the Beach, Bob Graham’s Let’s get a pup! and another much-loved story will feature at the Woden Public Library from 2-20 October

Woden Public Library

Never seen before in Australia!  An exhibition of 191 children's books in translation from 70 countries around the world plus 48 of Australia's best books for children

The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature has borrowed from Basel, Switzerland a unique collection of children's books in translation. These are chosen by the country where they were published as their 'best books'. An online catalogue with descriptions of the books and creators in English can be viewed from the Library's i-pads or downloaded. There will be sample print catalogues of these books for reference at the exhibition. The exhibition runs from 2-20 October. 

All public libraries in the ACT 

They will feature books chosen as Australia's International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour Books, representing outstanding Australian children’s books characteristic of the country

Dickson Library and Tuggeranong Library

During October, these libraries will feature special mini-exhibitions of original artworks and the creative process of much loved Australian picture books

Contact for further information
Emeritus Professor Belle Alderman AM
6201 2062 Mon, Tues, Thurs 9am-5pm

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