Australia Reading Hour Events

Get involved with our events around the country on Tuesday 14 September featuring some Australia’s best-loved authors. 

Our 2021 Events

Northern Beaches Readers Festival Presents: Australia Reads

Date: 14/09/2021
Time: 7:00PM
Organised by: Presented by Northern Beaches Readers festival

Featuring: Chris Hammer, Cassie Hamer, Maya Linnell, Tabitha Bird, Monique Mulligan and Sandie Docker

Free!

Bookings essential.

Australia Reads at Jeremy’s Book Exchange

Date: 14/09/2021
Time: 6:00pm
Organised by: Presented by Jeremy’s Book Exchange

Read aloud from your favourite book, or a poem, a picture book or an extract from a book of your own – or just relax, enjoy a drink and listen to readings from fellow booklovers. Please BYO drinks and a small plate to share.

468 West St, Toowoomba

Turn up on the night!

Stories That Matter – A Muslim Collection

Date: 14/09/2021
Time: On Demand
Organised by: Presented by The Right Pen Collective

Featuring: Melati Lum, Annie McCann, Ozge Sevindik Alkan, Inda Ahmad Zahri

Free!

Watch on YouTube

Australian Reading Hour for Kids

Date: 14/09/2021
Time: 4:00pm
Organised by: Presented by Better Reading Kids

Featuring: Adrian Beck, Nat Amoore, James Foley, Cristy Burne, Kate & Jol Temple and more!

Free! Suitable for 8-12 year olds

Join via Facebook

Australian Reading Hour for Preschoolers

Date: 14/09/21
Time: 5.30pm – 6.00pm
Organised by: Holdfast Bay Library Service

Free! Suitable for 3+ year olds, including a take home craft.

Bookings Essential. Brighton Library.

Stories That Matter Illustration Workshop

Date: 14/09/21
Time: 4pm – 4.45pm
Organised by: Holdfast Bay Library Service

Featuring Sally Heinrich.

Free! Suitable for 8-12 year olds.

Bookings Essential. Glenelg Library.

What Writers Read

Date: 05/09/2021
Time: 3:00 pm AEST
Organised by: Australia Reads & New England Writers Centre

​Take a Sunday tea break and join us for one, two or all of the What Writers Read panels, where we’ll be zooming in to hear directly from some of Australia’s most respected and beloved authors as they talk all things books and storytelling.

Victoria Reads: Stories That Matter – SOLD OUT

Date: 14/09/2021
Time: 7:00pm AEST
Organised by: Australia Reads & Public Libraries Victoria

Join us online for a chatty evening about the reading lives of some of Victoria’s most treasured personalities: Christian White, Nazeem Hussain, Tony Birch and Alice Pung. Hosted by Claire Hooper and Paul Kennedy.

Hear about the books that changed their lives, made them smile, and the book they would take to outer space. Their answers will surprise and delight you.

This statewide event will connect you to readers across Victoria and give you the opportunity to share your favourite books.

**SOLD OUT**

Stories That Matter for Teens

Date: 13-17/09/21
Time: On demand
Organised by: Australia Reads & Sydney Opera House

Celebrate Australian Reading Hour in your classroom with this inspiring event for young people featuring some of their favourite Australian writers and illustrators. Come behind the pages to discover how the stories we tell, real and imagined, help shape our sense of identity, belong and understanding, as individuals, communities, and as a nation.

Free for Secondary Schools and Libraries. Bookings Essential.

Stories That Matter for Kids

Date: 13-17/09/21
Time: On demand
Organised by: Australia Reads & Sydney Opera House

Celebrate Australian Reading Hour in your classroom with this fun event for kids featuring some of their favourite Australian writers and illustrators, including Adrian Beck, Nicole Hayes, Andrew Joyner, Lisa Harvey-Smith, Michael Wagner + many more!

Come behind the pages and discover how the best books are made, discover the magic of illustration, and learn how to read the stars in the night sky.

Free for Primary Schools and Libraries. Bookings Essential.

Our 2020 Events

Last year we hosted three virtual events to celebrate the many benefits of reading.

 
Wednesday 11th November – 12.30pm AEDT 

Featuring: Judy Nunn, Peter Fitzsimons, Peter Helliar, Michael Robotham, Dervla McTiernan, Tanya Plibersek, Andy Griffiths, Nikki Gemmell, Anita Heiss, Virginia Trioli and more.

Australia Reads Kids
Monday 9th November – 10.30am AEDT

Featuring: Ursula Dubosarsky, Andy Griffiths, Bluey, Sami Bayly, Anna Fienberg, Osher Gunsberg, Peter Helliar, Jacqueline Harvey, Beck Feiner and more.

Australia Reads Teens
Monday 9th November – 12.30pm AEDT
Featuring: Will Kostakis, Rawah Arja, Cath Moore, Amie Kaufman, Danielle Binks, Garth Nix, Alex Dyson, Lisa Fuller, Sally Morgan and more.

More events

Northern Beaches Readers Festival Presents: Australia Reads

Date: 14/09/2021
Time: 7:00PM
Organised by: Presented by Northern Beaches Readers festival

Australia Reads at Jeremy’s Book Exchange

Date: 14/09/2021
Time: 6:00pm
Organised by: Presented by Jeremy’s Book Exchange

Stories That Matter – A Muslim Collection

Date: 14/09/2021
Time: On Demand
Organised by: Presented by The Right Pen Collective

Australian Reading Hour for Kids

Date: 14/09/2021
Time: 4:00pm
Organised by: Presented by Better Reading Kids

Australian Reading Hour for Preschoolers

Date: 14/09/21
Time: 5.30pm – 6.00pm
Organised by: Holdfast Bay Library Service

Stories That Matter Illustration Workshop

Date: 14/09/21
Time: 4pm – 4.45pm
Organised by: Holdfast Bay Library Service

What Writers Read

Date: 05/09/2021
Time: 3:00 pm AEST
Organised by: Australia Reads & New England Writers Centre

Victoria Reads: Stories That Matter – SOLD OUT

Date: 14/09/2021
Time: 7:00pm AEST
Organised by: Australia Reads & Public Libraries Victoria

Stories That Matter for Teens

Date: 13-17/09/21
Time: On demand
Organised by: Australia Reads & Sydney Opera House

Stories That Matter for Kids

Date: 13-17/09/21
Time: On demand
Organised by: Australia Reads & Sydney Opera House
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