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17 April 2013

Guest Post: Nyssa from the Aussie Author Month Initiative

Nyssa, co-founder of Aussie Author Month talks to Book Bites about how the initiative started.

What Aussie Author Month and the The Indigenous Literacy Foundation means to me:

There’s a lot to say about what books can give us. They have a great power over us and how we feel. I have a very emotional connection with books; they let me escape the world when I needed a safe place. I’m not typically very nationalist, I don’t like sport and I’m allergic to bananas. But Australian authors offer something else, not just a setting or an accent. Aussie Author Month was started because of a conversation on twitter a few years back, because we felt there was something missing. We wanted to share what we love, and for everyone to come together to do the same. But not everyone gets to feel the power of literature. Our society is not as equal as we want it to be, and there are communities that are disadvantaged. The ability to read and write is the basis for education and expands our minds into the brilliant and fantastic, whether fiction or non-fiction. I want to see books and literacy as widespread as possible, and so I support the ILF for all their work. I want to help share what a lot of us take for granted, our ability to love books and writing. That’s why I carry on with Aussie Author Month.

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies ... The man who never reads lives only one.
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons

 Aussie Author Month is a terrific initiative shining a light on Australian authors whilst raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Project.

You can win a copy of Sandra Antonelli's new novel A Basic Renovation (here}.

You can find out more {here} about guest posting during Aussie Author Month. Let's share the love for our fabulous Australian authors!
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