First speakers announced and registrations open for VOLUME symposium


Registrations are now open for VOLUME – a free, online national reading symposium by Australia Reads on Thursday 21 September 2023.

Author, curator, and city-maker Jess Scully will act as the MC for the symposium, with Yuwaalaraay storyteller and performer, Nardi Simpson, as opening keynote speaker.

Throughout the day-long program, attendees will explore the ‘Roadblocks to Reading’ with Professor Robyn Ewing AM and Indigenous Literacy Foundation CEO Ben Bowen offering their insights alongside panellists from across the literary and education sectors.

Jess Scully will also lead a conversation on ‘Elements of Success’ in social change campaigns, with speakers including Director of the RMIT Health Transformation Lab Nithya Solomon, and Co-Founder and Director of Common Cause Mark Chenery.

A series of ‘Lightning Talks’ will unpack successful reading campaigns from home and abroad, and provide examples of effective advocacy and change-making from outside the literary sector.

The program closes with reflections on what the future of Australia as ‘A Reading Nation’ could look like, with writer and arts consultant Kate Larsen and Australia Reads communications strategist Anna Burkey sharing their insights with Jess Scully.

Learn more and register to attend on the Australia Reads website.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.