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SLANSW Meet-Up: Which is more “cultured”? Depictions of Culture in the Inky...

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Which is more “cultured”?: Depictions of Culture in the Inky Gold Awards and the CBCA’s Book of the Year for Older Readers

This research looks at the depictions of culture in the winners for these two awards from the Inky’s inception in 2007 until 2018. Culture takes on the broad definition used by the 'We Need Diverse Books' movement including ability, class, gender, immigration, language, religion, race/ethnicity/nationality, and sexual orientation (WNDB website).

The main difference between these two awards is how they are chosen with a small panel of adults choosing for the CBCA and the young adult audience themselves choosing the Inky Awards. Thus, this study investigated how culture was portrayed (or not) in this set of titles and what were the big differences between the two awards.

The meet-ups are currently not accredited by NESA, but qualify as Teacher Identified Professional Development (TIPD). The one-hour meet-ups will take place in a Zoom conference room and comprise:

  • 30-minute presentation
  • 15-minute Q&A with the presenter/s
  • 15-minute facilitated discussion between attendees.



Dr. Kasey Garrison is a Lecturer and Coordinator of the Children’s Librarianship Specialisation in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. Kasey’s research interests focus on the depictions and use of diversity in children’s and young adult literature, particularly award-winning collections.

A maximum of 100 places are available for each meet-up, so get your registrations in ASAP.

Participation in SLANSW online meet-ups is at no cost to members. Non-members may access the meet-ups for $35 per session.

The one-hour meet-ups will take place in a Zoom conference room.

Those who register for this event will receive an email within 24 hours before the event, with details to access the online meeting.

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