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Connect with 1.5 billion children: Countdown to the Asian Festival of Children’s Content

Want to connect with 1.5 billion children?

Need to discover new markets for your writing and producing?

Want to learn more about what’s going on in Asia in terms of creating content for children?

Think you could benefit from building a network of creatives from across the globe?

Or just want to make a difference in the world through your work?

Erm…all of the above.

Singapore Writers Festival Words Go Round 2013

Me and the awesome kids from Bukit View as part of Words Go Round 2013.

Whee! Thanks to the amazing WritingWA, I’m going to the 2014 Asian Festival of Children’s Content, to do all this AND soak up some of Singapore’s fabulous food and entertainment.

I’m presenting and participating, and in my usual style, I’ll be attending absolutely everything I can, squeezing the most out of every opportunity until my eyes are bloodshot and all I want to do is write, write, write.

I ADORE Singapore. I was there last year for the Words Go Round festival, and everything was amazing. Everyone was so welcoming and encouraging and helpful and I said I’d go back in a flash.

Well, FLASH!
And THANK YOU to everyone involved in making the AFCC great.

I seriously cannot wait!

Catch me (and so much more) at the AFCC 2014, Singapore

I’m presenting Whatever Happened to Non-fiction, on non-fiction for children. It’ll be a fab, fun session, followed by Mark Greenwood presenting Breathing Life into History, and I’m telling you, he does it well! Looking forward to it!

I’m also co-presenting a session on scary stories for children, with Canada’s Mahtab Narsimhan. Mahtab’s TARA trilogy draws inspiration from Indian mythology and is maybe a million times scarier than TAKESHITA DEMONS. I’m scared just writing about it! I can’t wait to meet her and present our session: Are YOU afraid of the dark?

See you there!

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Book Week with Chatsworth East International School!

Hi everyone from Chatsworth East International School! Hope you had a great book week! I sure did 🙂

It was great to read all your stories and hear your ideas…Keep up the great writing!!



Author visit with Bukit View Primary School: Words Go Round!

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Whee! I’m back from the Singapore Writers Festival Words Go Round school program for 2013.

It was FABULOUS!!! So many great schools, great people, GREAT FUN! Thanks to everyone I met and worked with! I hope you had as much fun as I did 🙂 And I hope you’re still writing those stories…Keep those words coming!

Over the next few days I’ll post more, but to get you started…here’s a shot from our visit to Bukit View Primary School, which will be featured on tonight or tomorrow’s TV news in Singapore. Bukit View has an incredible theatre room complete with brilliant props, Hollywood-style change rooms and glamorous couches. Perfect for getting in the mood to write deliciously exciting stories.

And of course, props and couches are no good without creative, dedicated and enthusiastic students and teachers. THANKS to Miss Pamela Kiew for the opportunity to visit Bukit View Primary, and to Singapore’s National Arts Council for the amazing schools’ program they run.

Now…let’s get writing!
Author visit with Bukit View Primary School

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Children’s Book Week! Competitions! Singapore! Science! Literacy!

Melville Civic Square Library artYAY! It’s my favourite time of year: Children’s Book Week!

That means stacks of exciting stuff is happening at your local library. Pop in and ask about storytelling sessions, meeting your favourite authors, literacy workshops, and more.

Children’s Book Week..Am I heading your way?

For me that means August is chocka-block with school and library visits. I get to scare heaps of kids, and make them laugh, and inspire them to get writing and drawing (and if you like to draw, like the kids at Melville’s Civic Square Library, check out our MONSTER drawing and art competition for young writers and artists).

I’ll be at libraries across Melville, Kwinana, Girrawheen, Osborne Park, Scarborough, Bentley, South Perth and Bayswater. I hope to see you there!

State Library of Queensland and the Brisbane Writers Festival: Online Literature Festival

If you live in Queensland, you’re in luck!

Schools across Queensland can do workshops with children’s writers and illustrators as part of the Online Literature Festival for FREE!

Heaps of awesome writers and illustrators will be there, and you get to ask them questions and hear them talk, all from the comfort of your classroom. Easy!

Check out the timetable to book: Jackie French and Andy Griffiths are booked out, but you can see heaps of other great talent (including me :-)).

Teacher’s PD workshops: Science and literacy

Since I’m a bizarre hybrid of science-writer and demon-writer, I’m also keen to share ideas on using science, history and culture to inspire fictional writing. This means I talk a lot about using non-fiction to inspire fiction, and what better way to do it than with a hands-on teacher’s workshop.

I’m offering this workshop (free!) as part of the Online Literature Festival: the focus is on concrete ways to combine science and literacy in the classroom:

Cristy Burne will talk about ways to combine science and literacy in the classroom. With degrees in science and science communication and experience in science writing and fiction writing, Cristy has a wealth of ideas to share with teachers. Cristy will demonstrate a few cheap and easy classroom experiments then talk about ways to involve literacy skills in the activity.

Words Go Round 2013: Singapore Writers Festival

And I am thrilled to announce that I’ll also be part of the incredible Words Go Round festival as part of the Singapore Writers Festival in 2013.

The festival features international and Singaporean writers, writing in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil, and it’s all organised for young writers and readers.

I can’t wait!!

Happy Children’s Book Week everyone!