It's never too late … to learn to read" is a short story competition for unpublished, new, emerging and established Australian writers in Adult Learners Week.
The National Year of Reading 2012, in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Writing Australia, supported by the NT Writers Centre, Queensland Writers Centre and writingWA, was given a grant by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), to run a writing competition as part of Adult Learners’ Week 2011 (ALW). Our aim was for the creation of exciting, inspiring and challenging stories to support and encourage adult learning, and to highlight the fact that “It’s never too late … to learn to read”. DEEWR explains: “The Adult Learners’ Week is an international event embodied in the 1997 Hamburg Declaration on Adult Learning to which Australia is a signatory. Internationally, ALW celebrates the value and diversity of life long learning. In Australia, the main focus of ALW has been to recognise achievements and raise awareness of adult education and promote activities to encourage participation in further learning.