Kate Gross

Moonah, Tasmania

Book lover, storyteller, literacy champion

Kate is passionate about raising the status of literacy in Tasmania, where half of the population has inadequate reading and writing skills to manage daily living and employment tasks. Believing the challenge of improving the state’s low literacy levels should not just rest with teachers, Kate and her colleague Emily Bullock started The Story Island Project. It is based on a model created by US author Dave Eggers and uses fun, interactive storytelling projects to engage young people in literacy. Kate is using her grant to expand the project: “All Tasmanians have a role to play in creating a cultural shift so that reading and writing are valued pursuits.”