Marjorie Kirkland is the former National President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and a member of the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance Board.
Presently Teacher-Librarian at Aquinas College on the Gold Coast, she has been a Teacher-Librarian since 1978 in Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast, with a short time as a scientific librarian for the State Library of Queensland.
Marj has enjoyed many roles in schools: Head of Senior School, academic and pastoral coordinator, ATSI tutor and yearbook editor. She is passionate about extending students’ worlds through reading and literacy improvement. In 2006, as a member of the Aquinas College literacy project team, she was the proud winner of the Brian Bahnisch Award.
As an active member of the Australian School Library Association, Marj has held the positions of Branch President, State Councillor and National Executive member. She regularly presents professional development in literature and literacy at state and national conferences and to other schools.
Marj believes that our lives can be enriched through the imaginative and creative dimensions of art, film, food, music and literature. She has been a judge for the Nestlé Write Around Australia competition, a restaurant reviewer, Cinema Group President, book and film reviewer and editor. She aims to employ her skills to promote Australian children’s and young adult fiction in her role with the CBCA.