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Reappointment to Australia Council's Literature Board.

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The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today announced the reappointment of Mr Glyn Parry to the Australia Council’s Literature Board for one year.

“I would like to thank Mr Parry for agreeing to continue working on the Australia Council’s Literature Board. I know his colleagues have appreciated his commitment to the board and are pleased to be working with him again,” Senator Kemp said.

“Mr Parry has made significant contributions to Australian literature for many years.”

Mr Parry has written a number of books for teenagers and children including Monster Man, Spooking the Cows and Invisible Girl, winning awards including the Western Australian Premier’s Award and receiving many notable mentions from the Children’s Book Council. Until recently Mr Parry was also a member of the Library Board of Western Australia and the National Advisory Council of the ABC.

“Mr Parry is an enthusiastic and passionate writer of literature for children and young adults. As a former English teacher and school librarian, he has a strong commitment to the development of quality children’s literature which will continue to be valuable to the Literature Board,” Senator Kemp said.

The Literature Board aims to support the excellence, diversity, vitality and distinctiveness of Australian literature by providing direct financial support to outstanding literary creators, and grants to organisations which offer infrastructure support to the sector and income-generating opportunities to writers.

The Australia Council is the Australian Government’s principal arts funding and advisory body. It encourages the creativity and development of Australian artists and aims to increase access by all Australians to arts and cultural activities.

MELBOURNE 4 July 2006

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