Jan, 2018

Keynote Presenters

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Mem Fox

Mem is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies from Flinders University, South Australia, where she taught teachers for 24 years. She has received many civic honours and awards, and three honorary doctorates.

There’s nothing that Mem Fox enjoys more than watching the joy on children’s faces as she fills their hearts and imaginations with her stories.

One of Australia’s most loved writers of children’s fiction, Mem has written over 40 books for children and several non-fiction books for grown-ups, including her renowned book for parents Reading Magic. Many of her stories for children have a subtle focus on equality, tolerance and respect. Her books have been translated into twenty-one languages, and many of them have been international best sellers. Possum Magic, her first book, is still available in hardback after 34 years and has become a beacon of children’s literature for millions of Australian families.

A passionate advocate for literacy, Mem speaks extensively on the subject in the most engaging way: reading her stories aloud to captivated audiences and demonstrate the way in which literacy can inspire and educate.

Mem is also immensely popular as a speaker for corporate, community and Association events. Her personal story of literary success in spite of rejection, her drive to constantly search out new ideas and her impressive ability to think at a highly creative level are all talents that can easily be translated into the wider world of business, politics and community.


Professor Julie Dunn

 Julie Dunn is Professor of Drama Education within the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Julie’s expertise in Drama Education includes early childhood, primary, middle years, secondary and adult education where she had led a number of research projects and community programs.

She currently teaches into the Bachelor of Education program for undergraduate students as well as well as the Graduate Diploma for students in postgraduate studies. Julie also supervises a large number of PhD and Masters students in her role within the school.

Julie Dunn’s research work focuses on play, playfulness and drama. She has published widely in these areas, with a specific area of interest being their points of intersection. With research projects involving participants as varied as young children, adult drama learners and people living with dementia, the contexts for Julie’s research work are highly diverse.

Recent work has focused on the role of emotion and how the different emotions provoked within play and drama influence the engagement and meaning making of participants. Within the context of early childhood education, Julie has investigated connections between child-structured dramatic play and adult-structured drama education, with a major component of this work being the possibilities these approaches offer for the development of language and literacy.



Dr. Alice Brown

 Dr. Alice Brown is an experienced lecturer and researcher of: health, wellbeing, and early childhood education at the University of Southern Queensland.

She has 30 years’ experience teaching in both private and state education systems, preschools and the early childhood sector. She has written for a range of publications including EC magazines, peer reviewed journals, a number of books and book chapters, including ‘Kids with More Zip’.

Her passion and advocacy for early childhood and dynamic presentation skills ensure that she is sought after for regional, national and international leading education and early childhood conferences, and workshops.

Research most notable: 
Brown, A. (2012). The new frontier: A social ecological exploration of factors impacting on parental support for the active play of young children within the micro-environment of the family home. PhD, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland.



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