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ACCY presents Libby Gleeson AM

Libby Gleeson AM

The Australian Centre for Child and Youth: Culture and Wellbeing (ACCY) is proud to host Libby Gleeson AM as a Writer-in-Residence from Monday 14th March until Friday 15th April, 2011 in the Atelier 21st Century Learning Studio.

During her time in the Atelier 21st Century Learning Studio, Libby will be working with students and staff in a variety of capacities. In addition to conducting her own work, she will be presenting two lectures, running workshops with university students as well as with primary school students from lower socio-economic communities. In addition, she will be available for one-on-one consultations with students and staff.

Libby Gleeson AM is a highly successful writer of picture books, short stories and novels for young people. Previously a secondary school teacher she has been a full-time writer for twenty years. She teaches creative writing at the University of Sydney where she is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Libby also runs in-service courses for teachers and writing workshops for students of all ages.

Libby has won many awards for her picture books and longer fiction works including Picture Book of the Year in 2002 for An Ordinary Day, The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Early Childhood Winner in 2007 for Amy and Louis and in 2010 for Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House. She has also been a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Multicultural Award (Picture Book Category) in 1992 for Big Dog.

Libby received her Member Order of Australia in 2008. She is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Western Sydney Children’s and Youth Literature Project, a member of the NSW Public Education Foundation and has been a recipient of The NSW Minister for Education Medal for Meritorious Service to Public Education.

Libby’s time in the Atelier 21st Century Learning Studio has been possible through University Widening Participation funding.

Timetable of events

14 March, 9 - 10am: Picture Book Lecture, Large Lecture Theatre
22 March, 9 - 11am: Workshop about Libby Gleeson's work (Pre-service teacher workshop)
25 March, 9 - 11am: Workshop about Libby Gleeson’s work (Pre-service teacher workshop)
5 - 8 April: Stage 2 or 3 student workshops
11 April, 1 - 2pm: The Power of Story: Why I Write Fiction for Young People, Greenhalgh Theatre, Kuring-gai Campus

Consultation by appointment
30-minute sessions for students to discuss their own writing
Appointments to be made with Rachel.Perry@uts.edu.au

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