Children from every nation in the world are making new friends in Australian schools. Some have just arrived and some have parents or grandparents born in this country. Libby Gleeson’s Mahtab’s Story and James Roy’s One Thousand Hills demonstrate the resilience of young people growing up in a different (and sometimes perplexing) world.

The Blue Mountains Program at Varuna
All day pass $65/$55 (29 or 30 May)
Two day pass $100 (29 and 30 May)
Single session $20/$15  

Presented with Varuna the National Writers’ House.

James Roy (Australian)

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James Roy is the author of over thirty books for young people, including Town, winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Award, and One Thousand Hills, co-written with Noël Zihabamwe, which won the 2016 NSW Premier's History Prize.

Libby Gleeson (Australian)

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Libby Gleeson AM has published over thirty popular, highly acclaimed books for children and teenagers and been shortlisted for 13 CBCA Awards, and won three. Libby has been a teacher and lecturer and contributes regularly to national conferences and was awarded membership of the Order of Australia in 2007. She won the 2011 Dromkeen Medal, awarded for contributions to children’s literature. Libby’s latest book is Mahtab’s Story.