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Perth International Arts Festival presents

Perth Writers Festival Schools Day

More sessions to tailor the day to suit your students’ needs.

International

Thu 18 Feb, 9.45am

Perth Writers Festival Precinct

Tickets $7.50–$18

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In 2016 the Perth Writers Festival Schools Day boasts more sessions and a flexible ticketing structure allowing you to tailor the day to suit your students’ needs. We’ve also added an additional venue to our Festival precinct to ensure more choice and variety throughout the day.

Alongside discussions with popular Australian and international authors, we explore music, visual art and poetry in fun and informative sessions designed to excite and inspire your students. In a series of activities during the morning and afternoon breaks, students have the opportunity to listen to an interactive reading of Mary Norton’s classic The Borrowers Tale, help artist in residence Sean E Avery create a public art work, make a book of their own in the State Library’s Better Beginnings Tent, get a book signed by their favourite authors and challenge their word building skills in our play café.

2016 sees the return of our popular Perth Writers Festival passport. Designed to activate children’s literacy skills, the passports give students a space to reflect on their experiences and record what they’ve learned. This enables them to make the most out of their Schools Day by continuing the discussion at home and in the classroom.

 

  DOLPHIN THEATREROMEO TENTROSS LECTURE THEATREALEXANDER LECTURE THEATREMURDOCH LECTURE THEATREOCTAGON THEATRE
9.45–10.30am The World of Lucy Cousins Fun with Food From A–Z Fast Paced Storytelling Understanding our World Learning to Lead Sketch the Rhyme
10.30–11.15am      Activation Sessions
11.15am–12pm The Art of Storytelling World Building Successful Creatives Yassmin's Story Coming of Age Stretching the Boundaries
12–12.45pm      Activation Sessions
12.45–1.30pm Look and Find with Beci Orpin Mystery and Adventure Time and Place Stella Prize Schools Program WA Launch Keeping The Reader On The Edge Of Their Seat Songwriting with Kav Temperley

Dolphin Theatre

THE WORLD OF LUCY COUSINS

Join acclaimed author-illustrator Lucy Cousins, creator of Maisy the mouse, as she shares her incredible talent on stage and demonstrates her drawing live. This is a unique opportunity to listen to your favourite Maisy stories and watch Lucy bring the magic to life.


Recommended for ages 5+

9.45–10.30am

 

THE ART OF STORYTELLING

Artist and writer Sally Rippin has enchanted both children and adults with her popular Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! series. Sally talks about her love of writing and shares her secrets on creating quality stories that have a lot of heart.


Recommended for ages 5+

11.15am–12pm

 

LOOK AND FIND WITH BECI ORPIN

Multi-talented illustrator and designer Beci Orpin has a love of discovery. Search between the pages of her latest book, Find Me A Castle, for hidden treasures – there’s a dinosaur, pink lemonade and a horse to find in a session full of rhyme and fun surprises.

Recommended for ages 5+

12.45–1.30pm

Romeo Tent

FUN WITH FOOD FROM A–Z

Join cook, author and Kitchen Whiz host Alice Zaslavsky as she takes you on an edible adventure through her book Alice’s Food A–Z. Alice shares her incredible journey from the classroom to the kitchen in a session filled with recipes and fun facts.

Recommended for ages 7+

9.45–10.30am

 

WORLD BUILDING

Carole Wilkinson and Lee Battersby know how to bring the extraordinary to life. In this session these two unique storytellers discuss how they combine elements of magic and fantasy to create their characters and worlds.

Recommended for ages 9+

11.15am–12pm

 

MYSTERY AND ADVENTURE

Billie has started a mystery club with her friends in an exciting new Billie B Brown series and Bella is on the case to solve puzzling events in Bella and the Wandering House. Find out how authors Sally Rippin and Meg Mckinlay introduce mystery and adventure into their stories.

Recommended for ages 7+

12.45–1.30pm

Ross Lecture Theatre

FAST PACED STORYTELLING

Master craftsmen Jasper Fforde and Jack Heath share their edgy worlds with you. With risk-taking protagonists, dark secrets and danger on every page, these authors know how to write stories that pack a punch.

Recommended for ages 9+

9.45–10.30am

 

SUCCESSFUL CREATIVES

Illustrator, designer and artist, Beci Orpin, shares how she finds the ideas and inspiration to drive her quirky and fresh artistic flair and the role social media has had in opening up her career and expanding her opportunities.

Recommended for ages 12+

11.15am–12pm

 

TIME AND PLACE

Katherine Rundell believes that reading has the power to turn the world upside down and leave you breathless. Join her as she talks about the inspiration behind her latest novel The Wolf Wilder and how she transports her readers into her novels by creating vivid settings and believable characters.

Recommended for ages 9+

12.45–1.30pm

Alexander Lecture Theatre

UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD

Carole Wilkinson’s non-fiction book Atmospheric and Katherine Rundell’s novel The Wolf Wilder both explore issues relating to the environment. Join these two authors as they share their view on all things nature and conservation.

Recommended for ages 12+

9.45–10.30am

 

YASSMIN’S STORY

Join Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a mechanical engineer, writer and activist who campaigns for tolerance, diversity and the empowerment of youth through her organisation Youth without Borders. Yassmin shares her story and how she wants the world to change.

Recommended for ages 12+

11.15am–12pm

 

STELLA PRIZE SCHOOLS PROGRAM WA LAUNCH

Julia Lawrinson and Fiona Wood join Stella Prize Schools Coordinator Bec Kavanagh to discuss how unconscious bias affected their teenage reading habits and how they now address contemporary issues around gender and diversity in their writing.

Recommended for ages 12+

12.45–1.30pm

Murdoch Lecture Theatre

LEARNING TO LEAD

Jane Caro and Meg Mckinlay have created female characters battling to have their voice heard in uncertain worlds. Here they explore big questions around gender, power, self-sacrifice and isolation.

Recommended for ages 15+

9.45–10.30am

 

COMING OF AGE

Join the conversation as Fiona Wood (Cloudwish) and David Burton (How to Be Happy) discuss issues of depression, bullying, love, sex and everything in between.

Recommended for ages 15+

11.15am–12pm

 

KEEPING THE READER ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEAT

Paolo Bacigalupi, Jack Heath and Brendan Ritchie discuss how they cleverly craft their plots, using tension and suspense to drive their narratives and keep readers burning with questions until the end. 

Recommended for ages 15+

12.45–1.30pm

Octagon Theatre

SKETCH THE RHYME

Join creator and MC Rapaport, MC P. Smurf, artist Sam Clouston and music director Josh Ahearn for an improvised theatrical battle of verbal wit, freestyle rhyme, cartoon illustration, and live music inspired by Pictionary, Celebrity Heads and Mr Squiggle.

Recommended for ages 9–15

9.45–10.30am

 

STRETCHING THE BOUNDARIES

Andy Griffiths has been busy building another 13 levels to his whacky treehouse. What are you waiting for? Come on up!

Recommended for ages 7+

11.15am–12pm

 

SONGWRITING WITH KAV TEMPERLEY

Kav Temperley is the front man of Australian three-piece Eskimo Joe and an awardwinning songwriter. In this session he shares his music live, discussing and demonstrating practical techniques on how to write, structure and arrange a song.

Recommended for ages 9–15

12.45–1.30pm

Venue

Perth Writers Festival Precinct

Location
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley Show in Google Maps ›
Phone
(08) 6488 5555
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