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Maurice Saxby Award

Maurice Saxby began his professional life as a primary teacher. Early in his career, he set up a school library and soon found himself appointed as a teacher librarian at Forest Lodge Demonstration School – a decision by the Department of Education to set up Demonstration Schools, each with a teacher librarian.

Maurice moved on to Kuring-gai CAE, lecturing in English, Librarianship and Children’s Literature.

His relentless focus on promoting Children’s Literature has established Maurice Saxby as a lifelong advocate for enriching young people's engagement inlife through literature.

The Maurice Saxby Award honours an individual, team or organization that has displayed excellence and passion in promoting reading and/or writing for young people in NSW.



Selection criteria

Maurice Saxby Criteria


Maurice Saxby award application

Applications for this award are accepted up to, and including, December 30 of each year.  

Email your completed application and appropriate documentation to  Mark the subject line - Attention: SLANSW Saxby Award

Maurice Saxby Award Recipients

2013 Debra Abela

2102 Paul MacDonald