In some unexpected news, I recently learnt that Look Who’s Morphing is one of 200 Australian literary works that have been selected for the Reading Australia project. Run by Australia’s Copyright Agency, this project aims to encourage the study and appreciation of Australian literature. Teaching resources on each of the selected books will be made available on the Reading Australia website, along with links to the book’s publisher and information on where to buy the book (in digital or print format). Books that are out of print will also be digitised as part of the project.
Here are some excerpts from the project’s press release:
Two hundred of Australia’s top literary works will be linked to a range of related material such as newspaper articles, biographies and photos as part of a ground-breaking project to make it easier for people from across Australia and around the world to study and enjoy Australian literature….
The first 200 titles… were selected by a group of senior Australian authors on the Australian Society of Authors’ Council…
The list is comprised of works the ASA Council’s authors considered should be encountered by students at Australian schools and universities and by international universities offering Australian literature courses….
[Zoë Rodriguez, Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund Manager] distinguishes this list from a static or wholly definitive anthology. ‘This list is not a closed set – it is just a beginning…’
Learning that Look Who’s Morphing had been included on that list of texts was a definite surprise and I feel pretty chuffed that it’s in such company. But even more surprising is some extra news: the book will be part of a Reading Australia trial of 10 titles for secondary schools.
Back in 2010, Look Who’s Morphing was included in the State Library of Victoria’s Summer Read program, which meant that the book found its way onto the shelves of various public libraries across Victoria, including libraries in municipalities where the book might not otherwise have been found. (Learning that I had achieved some market penetration in the Melbourne suburb of Watsonia is something I will not forget in a hurry.) I felt fortunate that the book was included in that program and it also felt a bit surreal.
But it seems more surreal still that this poly-morphing-ly perverse book will now have an even stronger chance of being read by secondary school students. I would have really appreciated finding a book like this one when I was in high school, that’s for sure. I am aware that Look Who’s Morphing has had some wonderful supporters who have been quietly working behind the scenes to promote the book to new audiences, including secondary schoolers. You know who you are and thanks so much for your support.