Australia Reads and Australian Reading Hour

Australia Reads is a cross-industry project to promote and champion the power of reading, literacy and books.

The Australian Reading Hour has become the flagship event of Australia Reads!

The Australia Reads festival begins Tuesday 1 September 2020 and culminates with the main event, Australian Reading Hour on Thursday 17 September.

This week the Australia Reads Ambassadors were announced for this year’s campaign, with Beck Feiner, Anna Fienberg AM, Jacqueline Harvey, Peter Helliar, Will Kostakis and Dervla McTiernan joining forces to promote books and reading.

The current campaign is centered around the #AustraliaReadsAtHome hashtag to promote the many benefits of reading to those who are going into quarantine or self-isolation, or as a way to keep younger ones entertained if schools are closed.

Learn more about Australia Reads, find branding resources and more information on holding your own Australia Reads and Australian Reading Hour events on the website www.australiareads.org.au.

Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers

The Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers (PFABW) is a group that brings together the Australian book industry and government members to celebrate Australian books and stories with the nation’s leaders.

PFABW provides a forum for government members to meet and interact with the Australian book industry – including publishers, authors, librarians, booksellers and print companies.

The group was established in 2017 and celebrated its first anniversary on 18 September 2018.

The latest event was held on 12 February 2019, with keynote speaker, author Trent Dalton.

You can read the report here.

Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative

Over 90% of published works globally are inaccessible to the blind or vision impaired.

The Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative (AIPI) was launched in 2016 to foster a collaborative, consultative and consensus-based approach to tackling accessibility problems in Australia. Its members include representatives from the Books Create joint initiative and also literary agents, editors, designers, indexers, copyright organisations, disability associations, government and accessible-format providers. It is considered a world-leading approach to finding solutions to the problem of making books more available to those with a print disability.

You can discover more about AIPI on its own dedicated website, which features access to two first of their kind guides – Inclusive Publishing in Australia and Making Content Accessible – and also a number of stories and interviews from people with a print disability or who have services that support their access to books.

The aim of the AIPI is to increase access to published material for people living with print disabilities in Australia. Every year, AIPI meets to progress projects and activities towards its main goals.

AIPI would be very pleased to hear from any parties who are interested in joining the initiative who have a shared vision. Please contact AIPI here. 

Australian Reading Hour

An annual campaign, encouraging people to discover and rediscover the joy of reading. 19 September 2019.

Australian Reading Hour is annual reminder to stop what you’re doing and enjoy reading a book. Research shows that reading is good for us in so many ways: from reducing stress and anxiety to increasing empathy and a sense of identity.

Originally conceived by ALIA, this event has become an industry-wide campaign. Each year we launch Australian Reading Hour at Parliament House. Events all across the country — in bookshops, libraries, and even train stations — celebrate books and reading and remind Australians to #TakeTheTime to enjoy what a book offers.

Australian Reading Hour is always open to hearing from people who would like to take part in the event. Learn more here.

The foundation of the campaign is the research that underpins reading. The committee is open to hearing from any researchers who are operating in this area. You can reach out here if so.