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Leigh Hobbs is The New Australian Children’s Laureate

The Williamstown Literary Festival committee extend our congratulations to much loved local author and artist, Leigh Hobbs, on his appointment as the Australian Children’s Laureate.

Leigh Hobbs, Australian Children's Laureate, 2016 & 2017.

Leigh Hobbs, Australian Children’s Laureate, 2016 & 2017.

Leigh Hobbs, best-selling author of more than 20 books, including the iconic Old Tom, Mr Chicken Goes to Paris and Horrible Harriet has been announced as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016 – 2017. His subversive humour has delighted children for more than two decades.

Leigh Hobbs, Australian Children's Laureate

Leigh Hobbs


The theme for Hobbs’s two-year term as Australian Children’s Laureate will be ‘to champion creative opportunities for children, and to highlight the essential role libraries play in nurturing our creative lives’.


“Libraries have played an enormous role in my life,” Hobbs says. “Reading and exploring history and art is something I have been able to do because of libraries. I’m passionately interested in histories and cultures and I hope that through my work I can encourage children to explore and experience these things too.”

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Leigh Hobbs will be returning to Williamstown Literary Festival on Sunday 19 June at 10.00am to 12.30pm, to share his knowledge with authors and authors-to-be in a special workshop, ‘Writing and Illustrating Picture Books – Developing Your Ideas.’


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