Elaine Forrestal

The Literature Centre: 25 years and still travelling on

Norman Jorgensen, Moira Court (Illustrator) Jan Nichols in front of the exhibition, at The Literature Centre, of Miss Lewellyn-Jones by Elaine Forrestal

The Literature Centre is celebrating 25 years of nurturing, inspiring and educating writers, illustrators and students from all over Australia and beyond. Western Australia is often said to have the largest and most prolific group of authors and illustrators in the country. There is no doubt in my mind that it’s true and that, without The Literature Centre, it would not be so.

As a full-time author I would not have survived without the professional stimulation and support of the Director,  Lesley Reece, and her dedicated team. Many of the workshops I do in schools and libraries come about, directly or indirectly, because The Literature Centre exists and people contact them for advice. My books are available in the TLC Bookshop and I regularly sign copies for individuals and for the bookshop shelves. Not only that, the moral support, the shoulder to cry on and the venue for Book Launches and other celebrations are equally important in my struggle to earn a living as an author.

The Literature Centre is the brainchild and life’s work of Lesley Reece. But she never forgets to acknowledge her dedicated team of workers and her close working relationships with the Children’s Book Council WA Branch, WritingWA and SCBWI West. The Centre is a constant light shining in an often dark and treacherous world. The quality and integrity of its work is never compromised and it deserves the highest praise for bringing the joys of good literature to so many people of all ages.

Here’s to the first 25 years of The Literature Centre! Long may it survive and flourish.