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Australian Reading Hour

The Australian Reading Hour is back! Join us on 9 March 2023 to spend some time with your students’ favourite authors. A much-loved highlight in Australia’s literary calendar, the Australian Reading Hour encourages all Australians to stop and read together on the same day.

Book a session on Thursday 9 March 2023

Term 1, 2023

Tune in on Thursday 9 March 2023 to watch the live stream. Bookings open soon.

An on demand version of this event will also be available from Thursday 9 March 2023 at the conclusion of the talk. Watch at any time, from the comfort of your classroom. 

Suitable for Years K - 6

This program is recommended for Early Stage 1 - Stage 3.

This event is free for Australian schools

All digital programs are free to Australian schools and a viewing link will be emailed to you in advance. Terms and conditions apply. Fees apply for all international bookings.

This program runs for approximately 45 mins

Program duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

The Australian Reading Hour is back!

 Join us on 9 March 2023 to spend some time with your students’ favourite authors. A much-loved highlight in Australia’s literary calendar, the Australian Reading Hour encourages all Australians to stop and read together on the same day.

Originally launched in 2012 for the National Year of Reading, the Australian Reading Hour brings the whole nation together to read, share, and enjoy an hour with book and stories. Presented by Australia Reads, it’s part of an annual program celebrating readers, writers and illustrators, with books and storytelling events all across the country.

At Australia Reads, we believe that reading makes us happier, healthier and more connected to one another and the world around us. So we’re on a mission to get more people reading more books, more often! In 2021, tens of thousands of young Australians took part, and we look forward to you joining us again in 2023.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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Frequently Asked Questions - Interactive Programs

What equipment do I need?

All you need is an internet connection! Schools can connect through Youtube in an internet browser however works best for your students (as a classroom or on individual computers.)

The viewing link will be emailed to you in advance of the event. 

If you require technical assistance with your video conferencing facilities, contact your schools’ tech support or alternatively contact our Creative Learning team on 02 9250 7770.


How do I book?

Click on the link for your preferred session time. If it is the first time you have used DART Connections you will be required to set up a username and password. 

Please note that DART connections is the booking platform for all of our sessions and you will need to book here even if you are not a NSW or DET school.

Once your booking has been confirmed, our team will be in touch with relevant dial in details and to address any technical questions you may have.


What if I can't book in for the session I want?

Our on-demand program, including performances, workshops and talks, are available for a minimum of 10 days after the premiere. This gives you greater flexibility to watch at a time and date that’s convenient to your class.

What if I need to change or cancel my booking?

You don’t need to do anything! If you can no longer attend our on-demand program of events, book in for another on-demand event at a time that suits you better.

If you would really like to attend outside of the event dates, please contact the Creative Learning team on and we will try our best to accommodate you

How can I prepare my class for their session?

Once your booking is confirmed, our Creative Learning team will send you an email with all the details to prepare for your session. 

To ensure your students get the most out of the experience, a Teachers’ Resource Pack is available for most programs. We recommend using these resources in advance of your digital excursion.

For the Digital Talks Program, your students can record their questions for the speaker and send them to us in advance of the talk. The details of how to do this will be emailed to you by our Creative Learning Team. 

How many students can I have participate in the one group?

As the program is non-interactive, you can book for as many students as you like - a whole school booking of 500 or a single home learner - all are welcome and can be accommodated!

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