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!