The development and work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation in Australia is described. Translating books into Indigenous languages with renowned authors to enable first language reading is pivotal to the Foundation's work. There is a reading performance of the book "No way Yirrikipayi!"
Riverbend Books has won the Australian Independent Bookshop of the Year Award twice, and the Queensland Independent Bookshop of the Year eight times. Suzy has been recognised on a number of occasions for her efforts in advocating for the right of all children to have the opportunity to become literate. In 2010 she received the Dromkeen Award for her efforts in 'being a catalyst in changing children's lives through literature.'
In 2012 she was appointed Ambassador for the National Year of Reading, and in this role she worked closely with local schools, running literacy workshops. In 2014 she was honoured in the Australia Day Awards, winning the Queensland’s Local Hero award.
The annual Johnno prize was awarded to Suzy in 2015, named after founding QWC patron David Malouf's novel 'Johnno.' It is presented in recognition of "the contribution of an exceptional individual or group to Queensland writers and writing".
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