Category Archives: Equality

Counteracting the Return of Race Politics in Australia Tim Soutphommasane

This month, Tim Soutphommasane concludes his term as Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. This public lecture was presented at the Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University, on 6 August 2018.

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Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

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A thrilling, wintry Nordic epic from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell, weaving a tale of legend, magic and adventure which will grip and enchant readers from beginning to end.

Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid and in his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear . and then Odd’s destiny begins to change. The eagle, bear and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now our hero must reclaim Thor’s hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods .

Read it because:

You’re a fan of Nordic Mythology, you need a book where the hero isn’t a traditional one, you just want a story to take you away in a tale told with humour. This is a great one to sit down with your child to read, and find out how Odd changes during his journey. Suitable for any school library.

 

Inclusivity and Diversity in YA Lit – Free Event – Please pass onto your English Departments/Schools/Organisations

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3 sleeps until a wonderful and very important voice in the YA literature community @willkostakis joins @ALIACYS for #NancyBooker18 . Join Will as he chats Inclusivity and Diversity in YA fiction.

This event is free for everyone to join so please register.

 

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

Read it because:

You want a fast paced, high octane thriller with a diverse range of characters who drag you into this world and make you want to care for them. Suitable for the Secondary student.

Armin Greder: Australia to Z

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Juxtaposing words and images, the multi-award-winning author of The Island shines an uncompromising light on what it is to be Australian.

Read it Because:

You want a book that shocks you by unveiling the hidden side to Australia. A book that took my breath away with its audacity. A conversation starter for use in Secondary Schools.

One of my favourite pages:

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Incoming Senator Mehreen Faruqi ready to take on racism & Fraser Anning

Just when I had thrown up my hands in disgust at Fraser Anning and his Final Solution rant, I came across this much welcome good news story. I can’t wait to see Mehreen Faruqi enter the Senate.

September 5th was Indigenous Literacy Day

September 5th was Indigenous Literacy Day!

I’m raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Every donation will help buy new, carefully chosen books for those who don’t have any in remote Indigenous communities.

Visit my profile page to donate here!

Thanks in advance for your support!

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