Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm an author and poet

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in books, magazines,

anthologies and online.

Children's University

Welcome to my Children’s University online activities page. I’m guessing you already know my name is Alys. And you probably know that I love writing. But I bet you didn’t know that I also love planting stuff, especially stuff that doesn’t die when the weather gets too hot – which it does quite often in Australia. 😭

Oh, and I own a very bossy cat called Leo.

     Sometimes I write poems, and sometimes I write short stories. And BOOKS, too.

All YOU have to do is choose what you’d like to read: A STORY or a POEM. Or how about you go crazy and read both?! Next choose an activity. There are lots to choose from.

There are even a few VIDEOS. Just look for this symbol and press PLAY:

Time to have fun: 



Read a story by clicking HERE then send me a comment using the box at the bottom of the page after each story. Show your comments and my reply to your Children’s University coordinator for a 30 minute stamp in your Passport. 🎓🎓

 Things to think about:

  • How did the story make you feel?
  • Who was your favourite character in the story?
  • How might you change the story?


Do you enjoy true stories? I do. Especially, stories that are exciting. This one is about a real shipwreck. Watch and listen as this true story unfolds then complete the super-sleuthing activity that follows for a 60 minute stamp in your Passport.

I love school visits! Thank you to the students at Flinders View Primary School who created these wonderful pictures to accompany Annie and the Shipwreck!   






Cheri-Lee                        Chloe                  Denzel                       Maegan    


Do you like picture books? Do you ever try writing short stories of your own? Listen to me reading my picture book The Land Belongs to Me. I’ll also give you some tips and tricks to writing followed by a mini-story challenge for a 30 minute stamp in your Passport.

About the Children’s University

The Children’s University is an International charity aimed at providing innovative and engaging activities for children between the ages of 7 and 14.

Activities are designed to develop;

  • Confidence
  • A love of learning
  • New skills

Children’s University Australasia is hosted by the University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus.

Children engaged within the program are given a Passport to Learning. After completing a validated activity, children receive a stamp in their passport which records the hours taken to complete the activity. Once they achieve the required number of hours children graduate at a ceremony during which they receive a graduation certificate.  For more information, go directly to the Children’s University website.

For author visits and workshops, please contact: Becky’s Literary Bookings.