Minister for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications

A/g Minister for Regional Communications

Minister for the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Australian showcase at international children’s book fair

28 March 2017

The Australian Government will provide more than $160,000 over four years to promote Australian authors and illustrators through a strong Australian presence at the pre-eminent global Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy.

Funding for the group was provided through the Department of Communications and the Arts which supports activities that promote the Government’s international arts and cultural engagement and cultural diplomacy priorities.  

This funding gives Australian authors and artists the opportunity to promote their work on an international stage to an international audience.

Around 70 countries will participate in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy from 3rd to 6th April.

A number of publishers will showcase Australian children’s and young adult literature to a diverse international audience.

The Australian Collective Stand will include Allen and Unwin and Books Illustrated along with four small independent publishers—Berbay Books, Upload Publishing, MidnightSun Publishing and Melbourne Style.

There will also be a Creators’ Table where visiting Australian illustrators can showcase their work and exchange ideas with fellow artists from around the world.

Australia’s participation in the world’s most significant fair for children’s books will promote our strong and vibrant children’s literature industry.

The Government is proud to promote Australian artists globally, particularly programs that reach young audiences.

Media contact: Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476 | Geraldine.Mitchell@communications.gov.au

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