Author Profile

Paula Kelly

Paula Kelly is the Manager of Learning Communities, Hobsons Bay City Council. Paula has a professional background in education, community development and library service development. Paula has worked in local, state and national government landscapes, including the State Library as Reader Development and Off‐site Learning Manager. Recently Paula was engaged as Manager of Learning Communities for Hobsons Bay City Council, after managing the Melbourne Library Service since 2013. She has a passion for libraries, reading promotion, public architecture, early literacy and digital literacy, great leadership, new ideas, empowering others and strengthening communities, and most importantly – high heel shoes and frocking up!

She is a Churchill Fellow, and Barrett Reid Scholarship recipient, and is currently studying her PhD with the University of Melbourne.  Paula is delighted to introduce Rosalie Ham and the novel that has become the fabulous Australian film The Dressmaker. The story resonates deeply for Paula having grown up in a variety of small and large towns with an intermittent mother as sole parent, who was both a professional entertainer and more significantly for this event, an accomplished and stylish dressmaker! The Singer sewing machine has pride of place still at her place…

See Paula at the 2016 Festival:

19-06-2016 12.00pm-1.00pm

Where do ideas for books come from? Often from small, obscure stories that make us realise that history is so much more than dates and statistics. History is people. History is their stories. In this session, Claire Saxby (My Name…

Location: Auditorium