Funding Boost Revives the Great Australian Story

April 8, 2013 | Educator

A landmark project to reconnect Australians with their home-grown literature is a step closer to fruition thanks to new funding.

Copyright Agency’s Board of Directors has announced a further $266,300 in Cultural Funding forReading Australia. This is in addition to initial funding of $100,000.

Chair of the Copyright Agency Board Sandy Grant said Reading Australia aims to address the absence of Australian literature in both school and university curriculums.

“Australia has a proud and rich literary history, but the current generation is missing out on experiencing these great works as they just aren’t part of the classroom,” Mr Grant said.

Reading Australia will create a hub for Australian literature through a dedicated website providing links to the primary works in hard copy or digital format as well as education resources to help teachers and students make Australian stories part of their study.

“In this way, Australian works of significant cultural value will remain available and educators are provided with quality materials to enable them to teach from a wide range of Australian literature.”

A group of senior Australian authors has selected an initial list of 200 novels, plays, biographies, books of poetry and children’s fiction for the launch of Reading Australia later in 2013, including Tom Keneally’s The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Marcus Clarke’s For the Term of his Natural Life, Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career, Ruth Park’s Harp in the South and Patrick White’s Voss.

Mr Grant said the new funding announced today is the first step in commissioning further teaching resources to help make the study of these great Australian works a much more exciting and valuable experience.

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