Australian Christian Schools Library Network

Australian Christian Schools Library Network

Joy Lawn

Joy Lawn is a current judge of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, IBBY (Australia) Honour Books and Queensland Literary Awards. She has recently chaired the Patricia Wrightson (children’s literature) judging panel of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and judged the NSW PLA Book of the Year andChildren’s Book Council of Australia Older Readers category.

Joy writes the young adult literature column for The Weekend Australian and her reviews and interviews have also appeared in Australian Book Review, SMH/The Age, Magpies magazine, ALEA publications and Books+Publishing. She writes teacher notes for Reading Australia (ALEA) and other professional organisations. Joy has taught a children’s/YA literature course at the University of Southern Queensland and been a literature consultant for independent bookstores.

Formerly a teacher, Joy is an experienced presenter at state, national and international conferences advising teachers, librarians and academics on literature. She blogs about children’s and young adult literature and literary fiction at and some of her favourite times of the year are spent chairing sessions at the Sydney and Brisbane Writers’ Festivals. She has an MA in Children’s Literature and Literacy.

Fascinated by ideas and images and how authors and illustrators express these with truth and originality, Joy’s vision is to see quality CYA literature further recognised in the wider community.

Her ideas and reviews about the CBCA shortlist and other books are at