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Perth Writers Festival Schools Day

Inspiration is the name of the game as students of all ages, reading levels and interests interact with world-class authors and illustrators. With lots of opportunities for questions and comments, this highly engaging day takes your students deeper into the process of writing, themes, understanding and critical awareness. It also shows them how storytelling can affect our everyday lives.

The day is conveniently divided into two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions, each with two unique topics and a 15-minute break in the middle. All sessions end with a Q&A and signing opportunity.

Middle Primary (Years 2–4)
Dolphin Theatre

10–10.45am Good Grief: Pearl versus the World with Sally Murphy
In 2001 Sally Murphy took of a leap of faith and dedicated herself to becoming a children’s author. Twenty-eight books later (including Pearl versus the World and Toppling) she shares her journey and confides how she uses verse to tackle complex issues.

11–11.45am Meet Mr Badger with Leigh Hobbs
Leigh Hobbs has won every major children’s choice award for books featuring characters like Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig and Mr Chicken. At Schools Day he introduces students to his newest personality, Mr Badger, and reveals how he finds and develops his fantastic characters.

11.45am–12.30pm Lunch Break

12.30–1.15pm The Greatest Liar on Earth with Frané Less ac and Mark Greenwood
Husband and wife writing/illustration team Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac unveil their new book, The Greatest Liar on Earth. They talk about working together to bring great Australian tales to life, including The Legend of Moondyne Joe and Ned Kelly and the Green Sash.

1.30–2.15pm Wonderful Ways to Make a Picture Book with Tina Matthews
Students learn how to make their own books with artist and designer Tina Matthews. Tina uses wood blocks, stencils and other tools, leading students from concept to draft idea, through to the final product; beautiful books.

Upper Primary/Lower Secondary (Years 5–7)
The University Club Theatre

10–10.45am Dragons: The Good, the Bad and the really peculiar with Carole Wilkinson
Every student loves a dragon, and Carole Wilkinson is a world-class expert on the subject! Her novel Dragonkeeper was awarded the 2004 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year and has spawned the wildly popular Dragonkeeper series.

11–11.45am Embarking on the Writing Journey with James Roy
James Roy lived on the islands of the South Pacific in his younger days and was surrounded by adventure and books. He helps students tap into their sense of adventure while discussing his recent book Edsel Grizzler: Ghostly Shadows.

11.45am–12.30pm Lunch Break

12.30–1.15pm Tears and Laughter: Toppling with Sally Murphy
In 2001 Sally Murphy took of a leap of faith and dedicated herself to becoming a children’s author. Thirty books later (including Pearl verses the World and Toppling) she shares her journey and confides how she uses verse to tackle complex issues.

1.30–2.15pm Write Funny or Die Laughing with Oliver Phommavanh
Have your students ever wondered how to make their stories funny? Wonder no more. Author, comedian and primary school teacher Oliver Phommavanh shares his secrets while discussing his hilarious books Thai-riffic and Con-nerd.

Lower Secondary (Years 7–9)
Hackett Hall

10–10.45am Finding a Great Story in History with Jane Caro
Broadcaster and writer Jane Caro’s Just A Girl is a fictional version of young Elizabeth I, whose mother Anne Boleyn was executed by her father Henry VIII. Jane talks about the real people through history and the inspiration behind her book.

11–11.45am Dreaming of Dystopia with Lara Morgan
Set in Newperth 500 years in the future, Lara Morgan’s Rosie Black Chronicles features a world in which The Melt has sunk most coastal cities. Lara speaks about the origins of her ideas and challenges students to imagine the future.
11.45am–12.30pm Lunch Break

12.30–1.15pm Graphic Novels with Nicki Greenberg
Proving age is no barrier, Nicki Greenberg published The Digits series when she was 15 and sold 380,000 copies! She discusses her latest book, a graphic reworking of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and provides insight into graphic novels, interpreting classic stories and much more.

1.30–2.15pm Fromelles: Australia’s Bloodiest Day at War with Carole Wilkinson
The author of more than 30 books, Carole Wilkinson inspires students with her passion for history, bringing the past vividly to life. She talks about Fromelles, a one day-long WWI battle in 1916 where more than 5000 Australians were killed, wounded or taken prisoner.

Mid/Upper Secondary (Years 10-12)
Festival Tent

10–10.45am The Happy Editor and Writer with David Levithan
Not only is David Levithan Editorial Director for Scholastic in New York, he’s the author of acclaimed novels like Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (made into a popular movie). He inspires with a talk on his love of writing and publishing.

11–11.45am Performance Poetry: Stories from the Edge with Inua Ellams
Performance poet extraordinaire Inua Ellams arrived in the UK as a refugee from Nigeria in 1984. He talks about his show The 14th Tale, based on his life experiences, and gives students insight into storytelling and finding their own voice.

11.45am–12.30pm Lunch Break

12.30–1.15pm The Story behind the Story with Jane Caro
Broadcaster and writer Jane Caro’s Just A Girl is a fictional version of young Elizabeth I, whose mother Anne Boleyn was executed by her father Henry VIII. Jane talks about the real people through history and the inspiration behind her book.

1.30–2.15pm Her Father’s Daughter with Alice Pung
Alice Pung’s Her Father’s Daughter explores finding friendship, leaving home and overcoming the strong bonds of a traditional family and over-protective father. She inspires students with her belief in the power of good humour (and not-so-good puns) to help surmount adversity.

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Morning Package $9
Afternoon Package $9
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