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INDIGENOUS LITERACY DAY - A national celebration! 6 September 2017

Indigenous Literacy Day is a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy. Through activities on the day, the ILF focus their attention on the disadvantages experienced in remote communities and encourage the rest of Australia to raise funds and advocate for more equal access to literacy resources for remote communities. Whether you are a school, bookseller, publisher, library, business, organisation or individual, here are some ways you can participate on this day:

  • Hold a Great Book Swap
  • Donate a percentage of your product sales on this day – very popular for bookshops!
  • Make a donation through our website
  • Hold a literacy event such as a book launch or storytelling session
  • Take an ILF donation box to work or school
  • Buy an ILF t-shirt for your staff or students to wear to work or school
  • Hold your own fundraising event
  • Advocate for the ILF on social media and tag @IndigenousLiteracyFoundation on Facebook and @IndigneousLF on Twitter with #ILD2017

Indigenous Literacy Day to launch four new books from community

Four major Indigenous Literacy Day events in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne will see ambassadors and students from 15 remote communities performing from and launching their new books written in an ILF workshop...

  • In Sydney at the Opera House, ILF ambassadors Josh Pyke, Anita Heiss and Alison Lester will join elders and students from Yakanarra in WA, to launch their book, Yakanarra Song Book. This book celebrates 14 beautiful songs written in Walmajarri language. This is invitation only.
  • In Melbourne ILF ambassadors Andy Griffiths and Jared Thomas will join students from the Tiwi Islands, at Federation Square to launch their book, Shallow in the Deep End, the tale of a water buffalo who thinks he is a pet dog. It was created with Jared Thomas and published by Scholastic Australia. The event is free but bookings are essential - RSVP HERE.
  • In Perth ILF ambassadors, Ann James and Gregg Dreise will join students from four remote communities, Tjuntjuntjara, Mt Margaret, Laverton and Menzies at the State Library of Western Australia to launch and perform I Open the Door, a collection of imaginative stories all that begin and end with opening a door. This is invitation only.
  • In Brisbane as part of the Brisbane Writer’s Festival, our Patron, the Hon Quentin Bryce and our Founder Suzy Wilson, will join students from some of Queensland’s most isolated communities at Angel’s Palace, to launch Two Ways Strong. The story is inspired by their experience boarding at Concordia Lutheran College. This is a public free event - RSVP is essential.