Saying goodbye to the 2016–17 Australian Children's Laureate



After two hectic, passionate, fun, collaborative, adventurous years, Leigh Hobbs steps down as the Australian Children’s Laureate. Leigh was the fourth Laureate, following Boori Monty Pryor and Alison Lester (2102–13), and Jackie French (2014–15). The new Laureate will be announced on Monday 12 February 2018. Who will it be?


Before then, let’s look back at Leigh’s two years in the role.


Creating characters in Alice Springs, November 2017
Creating characters in Alice Springs, November 2017

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, who assisted with touring costs. We also warmly thank the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and Reading Australia for their continuing support of the Australian Children's Laureate. Without these partners our work simply would not happen. Thanks also to Leigh's publisher Allen & Unwin and to