All posts tagged: reading

The simple act of reading: Why all reading is created equal

After many years of pondering, I’ve come to the conclusion that all reading is created equal. This is not to say that all books are created equal — I’m not saying that there aren’t good or bad books. What I’m saying is that the act of reading, of diving into a story and experiencing the characters, setting, and themes is universal in literature, regardless of a story’s quality. I think many people were very excited to attend the panel inspired by the book The Simple Act of Reading by Debra Adelaide for exactly this reason. Readers of all experience, who love everything from trashy romance novels to Greek classics, can appreciate the way it feels to dive into a book. This Sunday morning session at Byron Bay Writers Festival included Andy Griffiths, Malcolm Knox, and Joan London, and chaired by Catherine Keenan, and it represented a hugely diverse group of authors, to say the least. The Simple Act of Reading book itself is a collection of essays and memoirs, penned by authors on the ways …

Lasers, spaceships, but no books?: The Future Of Reading

The times they are a-changing, and there’s no form of media more affected by the absolute dominance of the digital age than the print medium. So what does this mean for the future of reading in Australia? “I clearly remember a literature session in the ’80s, where a man declared that he would never write on a computer, and the audience cheered,” laughed renowned children’s author and current Ambassador for Reading Andy Griffiths. “But it’s just so easy to edit and revise with a laptop.” Along with Griffiths, whom was hailed by chairperson Meg Vann as “Australia’s most popular kids author, competing with Morris Gleitzman”, the panel was an eclectic mix: author James Cowan, Head of Indigenous Programming at the Sydney Opera House, Rhoda Roberts, and Young Adult writer Vicki Wakefield. Griffiths, author of books with names like The Day My Bum Went Psycho, was surprisingly constrained and very relaxed in his delivery. Forgive my presumptions, but was I wrong to expect a larger than life character, bouncing around the walls of the tent and …