About The Centre

The Literature Centre provides quality student workshops and writing programmes across Western Australia, inspires teachers through professional learning, and supports Australia's talented Authors and Illustrators of literature for children and young adults.

The Literature Centre (formerly Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre) is unique – a place to nurture young people’s interest in reading and writing, using innovative techniques to explore and interpret literature.  Uniquely located within the walls of the Old Fremantle Prison, it is the only centre of its kind in Australia.  

Established in 1993, the Centre offers a diverse range of student programmes in metropolitan, rural and regional areas of Western Australia. We work with over 30,000 students each year, either at the Centre or in schools.  Experienced Education Officers, Authors and Illustrators conduct inspiring and interactive workshops, using a range of original manuscripts, preliminary drawings, and artwork.  

The following programmes, services and events are available:

  • Picture Book Exhibitions
  • Student Literature Workshops 
  • Authors/Illustrators In-Residence Programme
  • Metropolitan and Rural Residence Programme
  • 'Centre Classics' Workshops, Poetry and Writing Workshops
  • Talented Young Writers' Programme (TYWP)
  • The Sound of Picture Books Workshops
  • Professional Development for Teachers 
  • Bookshop - Selling Books and Artwork  
  • Family Open Days
  • Leslie Rees Fremantle Lecture, Book Launches and Author Talks


Family Open Days, book launches, Author/Illustrator evenings, Conference ...

School Programmes

The Centre has a range of interactive workshops for Pre-Primary to Year 12...

Funding Partners

The Literature Centre gratefully acknowledges assistance from the following...

Our Staff

Meet our experienced team at The Literature Centre ...

Our Board

The Literature Centre's Board members are acknowledged as follows:...

Contact Us

The Literature Centre Inc. (formerly Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre...

Make a Donation

The Literature Centre (TLC) is a not-for-profit organisation in Fremantle,...

Emerging Authors and Illustrators

The Literature Centre can arrange one-on-one consultations with established...