Good Reading : September 2015
GOOD READING SEPTEMBER 2015 9 by that addictive fireplace. I hold Berkelouw’s responsible for lightening my purse and loading down the car. We have vowed next time we are in that neck of the woods that we will stop by to do it all over again. Keep up the good work. Jan Slade, Maribyrnong Vic Dear Rowena I read an article in The Canberra Times recently, which focused on our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea. Anne-Sophie Her mann’s husband was high commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 2006 to 2009. During this time she discovered how little access children in PNG had to books. She said in this article: ‘I’d ask, “What kind of books do you have at home?” and they’d say, “We don’t have any books.” I thought that was strange, thinking the high commissioner’s staff would be middle class and would be able to afford books, but no. So I said, “Let’s go to the library,” and they said, “What’s that?” and I was like, “No, what? You don’t know what a public library is?”. And that was the start of it.’ Anne-Sophie then co-founded the Buk bilong Pikinini (books for children) foundation. It has since facilitated the opening of 17 libraries across PNG. Sadly most of the kids that visit a library have never seen a book before. The libraries also provide help with early childhood development and literacy programs. As well as educating the kids about books, they help to send positive messages about health. Recently kids learnt songs about how to fight diseases such as tuberculosis. Kudos to this ‘can do’ woman, who saw a problem and is trying to solve it, who saw a need and is working to fulfill it. And whose efforts will go on changing thousands of peoples lives for the better. Pam Sefton, Canberra ACT YOUR SAY EDITOR & PUBLISHER • Rowena Morcom firstname.lastname@example.org DEPUTY EDITOR • Tim Graham email@example.com EDITORIAL & TEAM ASSISTANT • Angus Dalton firstname.lastname@example.org ONLINE RESOURCES MANAGER MANAGER • Bevan Rigato email@example.com ADVERTISING MANAGER • Beth Parton firstname.lastname@example.org FINANCIAL DIRECTOR • David Morcom ART DIRECTOR • Danielle Cairis WORK/LIFE BALANCE SUPERVISOR • Baxter the dog email@example.com PROOFREADER • Russell Thomson, AE ACCOUNTS ENQUIRIES firstname.lastname@example.org SUBSCRIPTIONS email@example.com Good Reading Magazine 14/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW AUSTRALIA 2041 Tel: (61 2) 8090 1051 Fax: (61 2) 9810 2488 goodreadingmagazine.com.au ISSN 1445-2839 Subscription rates Print only 12 months (11 issues) Australia $99.50 I New Zealand A$120 International A$187 Online only 12 months (11 issues, single user) $60 Print and online 12 months (11 issues, single user) Aust $121 | NZ A$144 | International A$209 PUBLISHED BY Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd ABN 38 003 750 150 14/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW Australia 2041 goodreadingmagazine.com.au Tel: (61 2) 8090 1051 Copyright ©2015 Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the publisher. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publishers. Liability howsoever arising as a result of the use of, or reliance upon, any advice, representation, statement, advertisement, opinion or conclusion expressed in Good Reading is expressly disclaimed by the publishers and participants in its preparation. PRINTED BY Galloping Press DISTRIBUTED BY Network Distribution Phone 02 9282 8777 Mark Fraser, Paul Singer and Quentin Bryce present some of Narelle Oliver’s books to the Founder of Buk bilong Pikinini, Anne-Sophie Hermann.