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The Second International Conference on the Future of the Book

Living on the Planet of the Readers: Exploring books beyond the boundaries of literacy

Dr Margaret Zeegers, Dr Pat Smith.

Regardless of the literacy competencies that are basic to the mechanics of reading, there is a much larger and richer view of reading that goes well beyond such competencies. There are whole worlds of literature to explore as well, and it can be a most satisfying experience for adults and children as they explore them together. The 21st Century has emerged from a long tradition of culturally satisfying and spiritually delighting engagement with the language arts that are embodied in literature, and not just literacy. This paper explores some of those things from our more ancient pasts, and examines their relevance for adults, particularly parents and teachers, and children in the present age in the area of literature. In doing so, it goes beyond concepts of literacy, exploring notions of literature.


Dr Margaret Zeegers  (Australia)
School of Education
University of Ballarat

Dr Margaret Zeegers lectures in the School of Education at the University of Ballarat. She has considerable experience in lecturing in English language, literacy and literature in Australia and other countries in the Asia-pacific region

Dr Pat Smith  (Australia)
Senior lecturer
School of Education
University of Ballarat

  • narratives
  • fictions
  • reading pleasure

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)