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An evening with Australian Children’s Laureate, Gabrielle Wang
August 21, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
“I hope by sharing stories that are a celebration of all our differences, children may find a feeling of self-acceptance from a young age.”
In this one hour presentation, Australian Children’s Laureate Gabrielle Wang will share how her childhood and cultural background have led to the things she is most passionate about in the world of children’s literature – imagination, art, school libraries and diversity.
Stay after for a meet and greet, a book signing and time to network with Australia’s Children’s Laureate and members of the library and education community.
This Book Week event is proudly presented by Westbooks and the State Library of Western Australia. Books will be available for purchase before and after the event.
Registration will start at 4.30pm
Gabrielle Wang is the current Australian Children’s Laureate for 2022 and 2023. She is a children’s author and illustrator born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage. Her maternal great great grandfather came to Victoria in the 1830’s as a labourer followed by his son in 1853 who came during the Gold Rush. Her father is from Shanghai. Gabrielle’s stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy. She has written more than twenty books for young readers, many of them shortlisted for awards including the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She has twice won the Aurealis Award with The Garden of Empress Cassia and A Ghost in My Suitcase, the latter was also adapted to the stage by Barking Gecko Theatre in 2018. Her latest novel, Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon, was shortlisted for the 2023 Patricia Wrightson Prize and is a 2023 CBCA Notable book.