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Newcastle Writer’s Festival

The OC had a fantastic time on Friday attending the Newcastle Writer’s Festival. We enjoyed a session with author, Tristan Bancks, who spoke about his inspiration and writing process. In the afternoon we took part in writing workshops. Year 5 worked with local writer, Jess Black and Year 6 worked with Paul Russell. We also enjoyed visiting the amazing book shop! Thanks for a great day OC and thanks to Mrs Derricott for coming along with us. 

The Fall

Well done to all the students who read The Fall by Tristan Bancks in preparation for our excursion to the Writer’s Festival tomorrow. We held our Book Club today and it was great to hear so many great ideas and opinions about the plot, characters and the ending. Just a reminder that students can bring money tomorrow if they wish to purchase books from the Festival or they may bring copies of Tristan’s books to be signed. 

Our next book for the month of April is The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky, which has also been selected for the CBCA 2018 Shortlist. I look forward to hearing what students think about it next term. Happy reading!

Newcastle Writer’s Festival

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.

Free Family Fun Day

Newcastle Writer’s Festival

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. 

NWF School Order Forms – Michael Wagner     NWF School Order Forms – George Ivanoff


Newcastle Writers Festival

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!


Newcastle Writers Festival

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.

Newcastle Writers Festival

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.

Newcastle Writers Festival

In Week 10, the OC will be attending the Newcastle Writers Festival to participate in awf Gifted and Talented writers workshop with author Gerry Bobsien.

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.

Writers Festival book purchase

Writers Festival excursion note

Author Gerry Bobsien