Australian Reading Hour

5 September 2017

On Thursday 14 September, thousands of Australians will be taking time out to read for an hour. They might do it on their own, with family and friends, or take part in one of the hundreds of events in libraries and bookshops across Australia. And they will be joined by a host of celebrities, including household name authors and many of our politicians.   We will be getting involved here at James Bennett with staff encouraged to take part.
The Australian Reading Hour is an important annual campaign encouraging Australians of all ages to read. The premise is simple – pick up a book at any time of the day or night and read for an hour.  The 2017 campaign promises to be bigger and better, by building on the success of previous years. Run by ALIA’s Australian Public Library Alliance between 2012 and 2016; 2017’s Australian Reading Hour is supported by the Australian Library and Information Association, the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association, and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
For more information about the Australian Reading Hour, visit