Libby Gleeson wins Dromkeen Medal

8 February 2012

Children's author Libby Gleeson is to be the recipient of the 2011 Dromkeen Medal.

The Dromkeen Medal is an annual award, initiated in 1982 and presented by the Governors of the Courtney Oldmeadow Children's Literature Foundation.

It is made annually to an Australian citizen for a significant contribution to the appreciation and development of children's literature in Australia.

Gleeson is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and an alumna of the University of Sydney.

Gleeson has won a number of awards for her books and has been made a Member of the Order of Australia. She has also received the Lady Cutler Award for Services to Children's Literature, the Meritorious Service to Public Education Award, and was recognised with a special award at the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

In her Adjunct role at the Faculty of Education and Social Work Gleeson conducts guest lectures and seminars for pre-service (qualifying) teachers as well as professional learning workshops in schools for fully-qualified teachers. She is also associated with the University as a popular creative writing lecturer at the Centre for Continuing Education.

The Dromkeen Award will be presented at the 31st annual Dromkeen Dinner, to be held at the State Library of Victoria on 25 February as part of the 2012 National Year of Reading.

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