Literature Symposium: Exploring Climate Fiction
Live cast on Wednesday 17th August 2022
The Foundation for Learning and Literacy have brought together thirteen Australian professional associations to develop a series of online presentations that celebrate the power of literature and form a free Literature Symposium for 2022. With sessions on everything from conversations with authors, artists, educators and young learners, to short keynotes to panel discussions, the symposium explores literature from all angles – and highlights how story should be incorporated into learning and development across the curriculum.
PETAA is thrilled to be contributing with a deep-dive on the increasingly important climate fiction genre, examining its features, style and importance for young readers. In this critical conversation, children's literature expert Jennifer Asha is joined by authors Bren MacDibble (How to Bee) and Claire Saxby (Iceberg), along with Associate Professor and PETAA President Pauline Jones. Together they discuss the key features of children's climate fiction as a genre, the motivations and creative processes behind the author's climate fiction books for young readers, and how these books can be used to engage students in rich and meaningful discussions about sustainability.