The Literature Centre, formerly the Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre, has established a partnership with BHP Billiton. The mining giant will invest $600,000 in the Centre over the next three years.
The Centre’s founder and director, Lesley Reece, told the West Australian newspaper: ‘This is the first major corporate sponsorship for children's literature in this country and a great affirmation of the importance of our work’. ('BHP Boost for Kids Literature', 12 May 2012)
Located in the Old Fremantle Prison, The Literature Centre ‘offers a diverse range of student programmes in metropolitan, rural and regional areas of Western Australia’. More than 35,000 students per year join with authors, illustrators and education officers to experience ‘inspiring and interactive workshops, using a range of original manuscripts, preliminary drawings, and artwork’.