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The Sound of Picture Books. Photo: The Literature Centre

Spotlight on Governor’s Patronage – The Literature Centre

The Literature Centre (external link) provides quality student workshops and writing programs across Western Australia, inspires teachers through professional learning, and supports Australia’s talented authors and illustrators of literature for children and young adults.

Now in its 28th year, the centre is recognised as the leading Centre of Excellence for Children’s and Young Adult Literature in Australia.

The centre has been instrumental in bringing literature to thousands of children and young adults through its literacy education programs, exhibitions, workshops, and teacher and school collaborations.

In November, the Governor attended the centre’s annual Leslie Rees Lecture and delivered an address about the importance of Australian children’s and young adult stories.

Read the Governor’s speech from The Literature Centre’s annual Leslie Rees Lecture 2019

The Literature Centre and Perth Festival

As Patron of both The Literature Centre and Perth Festival (external link), the Governor is pleased to help promote their partnership and a series of insightful community events on offer this month.

Literature and Ideas in Fremantle

The Literature Centre is proud to partner with the Perth Festival to host four intriguing and insightful author evenings.

  • Wednesday, 19th February: Dervla McTiernan – Encore! Crime Between the Pages
  • Thursday, 20th February: Alan Carter – Crime Close to Home

Venue: The Literature Centre, corner Knutsford St and Hampton Rd, Fremantle

Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm start

Cost: These events are free but registrations are essential for entry through the gate.


More information: Contact The Literature Centre, phone 08 9430 6869 or visit

The Sound of Picture Books – Dumazi and the Big Yellow Lion

Presented by the Literature Centre for Perth Festival 2020, this is a free family event suitable for all ages. Experience the magic of Dumazi and the Big Yellow Lion brought to life on-stage at the Octagon Theatre at UWA.  

Illustrator and composer, Matt Ottley, and author and musician, Valanga Khoza, will be joined by superb musicians – the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s string quintet and Yamaha Australia’s pianist Alf Demasi.

Narration, music, imagery, dance and demonstrations of music composition are brought together for this unique and memorable show. Don’t miss it!

When: Sunday, 23rd February 2020

Time: Two shows – 10.45am and 12.00pm

Duration: 45 minutes each

Venue: Octagon Theatre, University of WA, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley

Cost: Free. No bookings required, just attend on the day.

More information: Contact The Literature Centre, phone 08 9430 6869 or visit

Promoting education is part of the Governor’s Statement of Priorities.


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