First speakers announced, registrations open for VOLUME symposium

Registrations are now open for VOLUME – a free, online national reading symposium dedicated to building a stronger reading culture in Australia.

We’re delighted to announce author, curator, and city-maker Jess Scully as the MC for the symposium, with Yuwaalaraay storyteller and performer, Nardi Simpson, as our opening keynote speaker.

Throughout the day-long program, we’ll explore the ‘Roadblocks to Reading’ with Professor Robyn Ewing AM and Indigenous Literacy Foundation CEO Ben Bowen offering their insights alongside panellists from across the literary and education sectors.

Jess Scully will also lead a conversation on ‘Elements of Success’ in social change campaigns, with speakers including Director of the RMIT Health Transformation Lab Nithya Solomon, and Co-Founder and Director of Common Cause Mark Chenery.

A series of ‘Lightning Talks’ will unpack successful reading campaigns from home and abroad, and provide examples of effective advocacy and change-making from outside the literary sector, with speakers including Sandeep Varma, Founder and CEO of the SAARI Collective.

The program closes with reflections on what the future of Australia as ‘A Reading Nation’ could look like, with writer and arts consultant Kate Larsen and Australia Reads representative Anna Burkey sharing their insights with Jess Scully.

VOLUME will be held online on Thursday 21 September and is free to attend. Find out more and register for your free ticket via our website, and stay tuned for further program updates and announcements by signing up to our eNews.