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Australian Children’s Laureate – Leigh Hobbs

Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, kicks off a whirlwind tour of Tasmania this week with visits to seven key LINC locations across the state.

The best-selling author of more than 20 books, including Old Tom, Mr Chicken and Horrible Harriet, Hobbs’s gently subversive humour has delighted both children and adults for more than two decades.

During his five-day tour, Hobbs will meet fans in Burnie, Devonport, Launceston, Hobart, Kingston, Rosny and Glenorchy, and will round out his visit with a Q&A breakfast at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Friday August 18th hosted by Virginia Trioli.

Director of LINC Tasmania, Elizabeth Jack, described Hobbs as a passionate supporter of libraries, and during his visit would highlight the role libraries play in nurturing the creative lives of young people.

“At LINC Tasmania we believe that reading can change lives,” Ms Jack said.

“Stories are powerful, especially for young people.”

To support the Laureate’s visit, an exhibition featuring his iconic characters will tour the state from August through to October 2017, taking in Burnie, Launceston, Bridgewater, Huonville and Queenstown.