The OC had a terrific time attending the Newcastle Writer’s Festival today. We enjoyed author presentations from writers Michael Wagner and George Ivanoff, who were both incredibly entertaining and inspiring. It was great to see students purchasing some new books! As part of the Festival there’s also a Free Family Fun Day taking place on Saturday 8th April between 10am-2pm at Wheeler Place. There will be lots of great activities including author appearances from Jackie French and Richard Roxburgh.
The OC have their excursion to the Newcastle Writer’s Festival this Wednesday. We will be attending author talks by Michael Wagner and George Ivanoff. If students wish to purchase a signed copy of any of these author’s books, an order form is attached below. Students will also have the opportunity on the day to purchase other books if they want to bring money along.
Please ensure students are all school by 9am on Wednesday.
Today the OC enjoyed a day out at this year’s Newcastle Writers Festival. Our day began at the Civic Theatre Playhouse where we were treated to a session presented by hilarious audiobook narrator, Stig Wemyss. Well done to Calvin for his bravery taking part in the ‘chubby bubby’ marshmallow challenge! Next we headed into City Hall to meet one of our favourite writers, Michael Gerard Bauer, the author of our current class novel- Don’t Call Me Ishmael. It was great to listen to his talk about his childhood and the moments that inspired him to become a writer. After lunch we took part in some writing workshops. Our year 6 students worked with local author and poet Deborah Kelly and learnt about Haiku poetry and enjoyed a Japanese afternoon tea. Our year 5 students took part in the Sense-ational writing workshop with author and teacher Paul Russell where we did lots of creative activities to help inspire story starters using the senses such as smell, touch and sound. Students were even lucky enough to receive a signed copy of his book The Isle of Antu. Well done, OC, for your great effort, enthusiasm and behaviour today!
Today the OC headed off to the Writers Festival at the Newcastle Regional Library. Students began by participating in a workshop with author Kaz Delaney, where they looked at techniques for creating exciting beginnings and endings for stories. We enjoyed lunch in Civic Park and then returned for an author talk by illustrator and musician Matt Ottley. Zane was lucky enough to have an abstract portrait drawn by Matt! See the photos below.
Tune into NBN news tonight to see us in action at the Writers Festival!
There are still lots more programs on offer at the Writers Festival this week, including a family fun day on Saturday for anyone interested.
As mentioned earlier this week, the OC were photographed for the Newcastle Herald as part of an article about the Newcastle Writers Festival. Below is the photo that was featured as well as a link to the published article.
Today the OC attended the Newcastle Writers Festival at the Newcastle Library. We participated in a gifted and talented writer’s workshop with author Gerry Bobsien, where students took part in a variety of creative writing exercises (I will publish these on the blog next week). We also met some other authors from the festival including Tristan Bancks and Aaron Blabey, who spoke with students and did personal book signings.
We were also lucky enough to be photographed for an article in the Newcastle Herald, so make sure you pick up a copy tomorrow.
Well done OC! Terrific behaviour and inspiring writing. I am looking forward to sharing some of our exemplary examples on our blog next week.
Students will have the opportunity to purchase Gerry’s books and get them signed on the day.
Other books will also be available for purchase at the Newcastle Region Library during the festival kids program. There is a Family Fun Day on Saturday 5th April until 1pm for those that are interested.
Attached below is the permission note, book purchasing form and a link to Gerry’s website.