Alice Pung is an Australian writer whose award-winning books include Unpolished Gem, Laurinda and Her Father’s Daughter. Her latest book is One Hundred Days.
Byron Writers Festival 2021
The Gifts of Reading with Tristan Bancks, Sisonke Msimang, Jennie Orchard and Alice Pung
Tristan Bancks, longtime Byron Writers Festival supporter and Room to Read ambassador, chairs a discussion with Sisonke Msimang, Jennie Orchard and Alice Pung about their contributions to the anthology The Gifts of Reading, including the books they all love to give.
The Gifts of Reading is an anthology of essays about the joys of reading and of giving books, from some of the world’s most beloved writers, inspired by Robert Macfarlane, curated by Jennie Orchard, and published on the 20th anniversary of the global literacy non-profit Room to Read.
Thanks to Delta Kay, Arakwal Bundjalung woman, for the Welcome to Country on this podcast.
Purchase the Book
The Gifts of Reading is available to purchase online via The Book Room Collective.
About the authors
Tristan Bancks is a children’s and teens author. His books include Two Wolves, The Fall, Detention, Tom Weekly and Nit Boy. His latest book is Ginger Meggs.
Sisonke Msimang is a South African writer living in Perth. She is the author of a memoir, Always Another Country, and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela.
Jennie Orchard has worked in publishing and the non-profit sector. Her latest book The Gifts of Reading celebrates the 20th anniversary of global literacy non-profit, Room to Read.
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