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Profile: Lesley Reece AM – Shortlisted for the 2019 Literary Lions Medal

Portrait of Lesley Reece

As the announcement of the 2019 Writing WA Literary Lions Medal approaches, we are celebrating each of our three shortlisted candidates with these profiles – in the words of the people who nominated them.


For over 27 years Lesley has promoted Australian literature, inspiring thousands of students and teachers through stimulating programmes. Her passion and dedication have broken through the barrier of indifference to bring awareness and investment in her field. There is no-one more supportive or dedicated to the cause of promoting quality Australian literature for children and young adults than Lesley Reece. In establishing The Literature Centre in 1992, Lesley’s consummate vision to nurture quality Australian literature for children and young adults, whilst promoting authors and illustrators has been realized, and her legacy will continue.

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