We are very excited to announce that Adele Walsh will be travelling from Australia to speak and present at the SLANZA Otago Regional Conference. Some of you will remember Adele from last year’s conference in Auckland and will already be shrieking with delight! Adele has long been a passionate advocate of literature and for young people. She is the Programme Co-ordinator for the State Library of Victoria’s Centre for Youth Literature and has been instrumental in cementing the Reading Matters conference, Story Camp and the Inky Awards as highly regarded fixtures on the youth literature calendar. Many of you will also be huge fans of the Inside a Dog website which is another of her very successful projects. Adele is a dedicated supporter of youth readers and we are thrilled that she will be sharing her passion and enthusiasm with us.
Adele will be joining fellow keynote speakers, former Poet Laureate and Icon award recipient Bill Manhire, book recommender extraordinaire Joan MacKenzie from Whitcoulls, award winning author/illustrator Donovan Bixley and topical librarian blogger Moata Tamaira.
Registrations will be opening before the end of June so please keep an eye on your inbox.
Over the coming weeks, we will also be announcing workshops related to reading and literacy, developing library collections, engaging learners, and social media and libraries. The programme will have wide appeal to the primary, intermediate and secondary school sectors, as well as to other libraries with a youth or children’s focus.
We have a specialist travel broker, Adam Pope, working with us for this conference. He can help you with accommodation and flight bookings for a good price. Please click here to enquire or make a booking through him.
The following details may help with your planning and budget requests:
We are still accepting conference sponsors and trade exhibitors. We are in need of a major sponsor. If you would be interested in either of these options, please contact the co-conveners Bridget Schaumann (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carole Gardiner (email@example.com).