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Tickets “sold out” for evening and storytelling sessions with Mem Fox

Published: 17 May 2016

Tickets “sold out” for evening and storytelling sessions with Mem Fox

Tickets to see one of Australia’s best known authors, Mem Fox – at An Evening with Mem Fox – and two daytime story telling sessions at the Logan Entertainment Centre have sold out, a fortnight before the event.

The events are part of the 60th anniversary Under Eights Week celebrations in Logan and are aligned to the First 5 Forever family literacy initiative, funded by the Queensland Government.

First 5 Forever is supported by Logan City Council and Logan Together and is a universal family literacy program aimed at supporting stronger language and literacy environments for young children from 0–5 years throughout Queensland.

Mem Fox is the author of more than 40 books for young children including: Time for Bed, Where Is The Green Sheep and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, her work has been translated into 19 languages.

Her first book Possum Magic, became (and continues to be, to this day) the best-selling children’s book in Australia with nearly five million copies sold worldwide.

Cr Steve Swenson, Chair of the Sport and Community Services Committee said the author had strong appeal to parents, carers and early childhood educators; hence the rush for free tickets.

“Ms Fox is one of Australia’s most cherished children’s authors and we are delighted to be hosting her presentations to children and their parents in the City of Logan,” he said.

“Since its release in 1983 the popularity of her first book, Possum Magic has never waned. People who first read the book when they were children are now enjoying it a second time round with their children.”

Logan Together Director Matthew Cox, said that the two Story Time with Mem sessions for children and families would highlight the power of books and storytelling as a way for parents to connect with their little ones and fire up young minds.

"Mem will share her secrets for making books fun and bringing the imaginary to life" Mr Cox said.

"Reading together is such an important and effective way to develop language and literacy skills in young children.”

The theme for this year’s Under Eights Week, which runs from 21 May to 28 May, is Early Learning, Everyone Benefits.

Ms Fox is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies (Flinders University, South Australia) and is one of Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book authors.