Indigenous Literacy Project: Songs for Stories

| 24 April , 2010 | Reply

The Indigenous Literacy Project and Sydney\’s Writers\’ Festival have collaborated to host a fundraising concert, Songs for Stories, in Sydney on May 15 this year.

Hosted by Julie McCrossin, Songs for Stories is a celebration of music and words. It aims to raise funds and awareness for The Indigenous Literacy Project in remote indigenous communities.

The benefit concert will feature music artists, like, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan and The Captains, Street Warriors, Maggie Noonan, Koomurri Dance Troupe and Freshwater. There will also be chapter readings by authors Anita Heiss and David Malouf.

The Indigenous Literacy Project is a partnership between The Australian Book Industry and The Fred Hollows Foundation which aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote Indigenous communities. Since being founded six years ago, nearly one million dollars has been raised to supply books and literacy resources to remote Indigenous communities across Australia.

In 2009 ILP sent over 15,000 books to 160 communities across Australia and funded a full-time Co-ordinator based at The Fred Hollows Foundation in Darwin.  In addition, The Indigenous Literacy Project launched BOOK BUZZ, a new early literacy project aimed at 0-5 year olds.  BOOK BUZZ will be trialled in three remote communities in WA, NT and N-W NSW in 2010-2011.

Songs for Stories will be held at the Sydney Town Hall at George Street on May 15, 2010 from 7.30pm.  Tickets are now available through the Sydney Theatre at; costs: $65 (adult); $55 (concession)

For more information on the project, visit

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