Author Mem Fox to visit Logan

Published: 05 Apr 2016

The much-loved Australian classic children’s book Possum Magic almost never made it to bookshelves.

Written by South Australian author Mem Fox the book was initially rejected nine times over five years before a publishing deal was secured.

The book, Ms Fox’s first publication, became (and continues to be, to this day) the best-selling children’s book in Australia with nearly five million copies sold worldwide.

The classic book is a staple in most family’s reading lists and has been shared between countless generations of Australians.

Now an author of more than 40 books for young children including Time for Bed, Where Is The Green Sheep? and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes translated into 19 languages and the book for parents Reading Magic, Ms Fox will be in Logan City in May for the annual celebration of Under 8s Week.

Logan City Council Libraries and Logan Together have joined forces to present for free An Evening with Mem Fox from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on May 24 at the Logan Entertainment Centre.

Mayor-Elect Luke Smith said parents, carers and early childhood educators passionate about giving
Logan children the best start in life were invited to attend this special session.

“Ms Fox is one of Australia’s most cherished children’s authors and we are delighted to be hosting her
in the City of Logan,” he said.

“Since its release in 1983 the popularity of Possum Magic has never waned. People who read
the book when they were children are now enjoying it with their own children.”

Story time with Mem will be held in two sessions for children from 10.30am and 1.30pm on 25 May at the Logan Entertainment Centre.

Logan Together Director Matthew Cox said that the two Story time with Mem sessions would highlight the power of books and storytelling as a way for parents to connect with their little ones and fire up young minds.

"Mem will share her secrets for making books fun and bringing the imaginary to life" Mr Cox said.

"Reading together is such an important and effective way to develop language and literacy skills in young children.”

Tickets for both events with Ms Fox are free but limited and can be booked at Logan Entertainment Centre by calling (07) 3412 5626 weekdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm or online at

Today Ms Fox is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies (Flinders University, South Australia) and one Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book authors.

Celebrate Under 8s Week runs from May 21 to 28 and the Logan events are part of the First 5 Forever family literacy initiative funded by the Queensland Government.

More information about other free early literacy sessions for children aged up to five years is available by picking up a copy of What’s On guide at any Logan City Council Library or online at

Possum Magic author