In a world where TikTok and Instagram compete for student attention and their focus is pulled in many directions, how can teachers get them excited about reading?

It’s a big challenge at the best of times, and we know the past few months have been especially tough for teachers. In recognition of your amazing efforts, we would like to thank you with an exclusive treat for teachers of English.

Jacaranda’s Sparking Engagement in Reading online seminar asks our panel of acclaimed and award-winning authors, and hosted by experienced teacher, Leon Furze, a series of audience questions and discusses:

  • Igniting a passion for reading
  • Improving literacy outcomes
  • Techniques for encouraging reading
  • Plus, get a sneak-peek at our brand-new Jacaranda English 7 title

Watch now:

About the speakers:


Leon Furze has been a teacher of 7-12 English and VCE Literature and Media for over a decade. He is also a council member for the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE).





Kathy Lette is the celebrated writer of 14 bestsellers and author of Puberty Blues. She is known as an outspoken comic writer who has an inimitable take on serious current issues.





Nick Earls is an author of twenty-six books and has had two of his novels, including 48 Shades of Brown, adapted into feature films and five as stage plays.






Isobelle Carmody is a renowned author who has written many novels and short stories and has a host of award-winning novels to her credit, including Obernewtyn Chronicles.