Keeping Books Alive
FRIDAY, 30 May 2014
A professional development seminar designed to inform and inspire primary and secondary school teachers and librarians, municipal librarians, literacy support professionals and those interested in promoting literacy.
Venue: City of Greater Dandenong Civic Centre and Library, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, Victoria
|8:00 – 8:45||Registration, tea and coffee on arrival|
|8:45 – 9:00||Welcome and introduction by Kevin Burgemeestre, MC|
|9:00 – 9:45||Gary Crew (Keynote address): The Author, The Book and the Teacher: A question of relevance|
|9:45 – 10:00||Launch of Gary Crew and Naomi Turvey’s The Cuckoo|
|10:00 – 10:30||Morning tea|
|10:30 – 11:15||Meredith Costain: Keeping it Real – Narrative non-fiction writing workshop|
|11:15 – 12:00||Tom Danby: eBooks for Children – What publishers are doing and how it might impact your library and school|
|12:00 – 12:45||Lunch break|
|12.45 – 1.30||Leigh Hobbs: Creating characters – from Old Tom to Mr Chicken|
|1:30 – 2:15||Tristan Bancks: iCreate – Engaging students and unleashing creativity with digital tools|
|2.15 – 2.45||Afternoon tea|
|2:45 – 3:30||Deborah Abela: Writing Activities Your Kids Will Love!|
|3:30 – 4.00||Wrap up and delegate prize presentation, sales and signing|
OPTIONAL – You will be invited as our guest to join us for
Dinner and Presentation of the Young Australian Art & Writers Awards where your table will be hosted by a leading children’s author/illustrator. [Date and venue TBA.]
Features of the day include:
- Specialist bookstall
- Participation in lively discussion and debate
- All catering provided
- Lucky door prizes
- Networking opportunities with like-minded colleagues
- Great ideas to implement at your workplace
- Latest news and availability for author visits
- PD certificate of attendance
- Delegates will receive a 10% discount voucher valid for all of 2014 from INT BOOKS.
Books will be available for sale and signing through a specialist bookstall featuring a selection of titles from our presenters.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Kevin Burgemeestre – MC
Versatility is Kevin’s byword. He has worked as an illustrator in Melbourne since 1985. Kevin’s titles include Bernard was a Bikie, B is for Bravo, Antarctic Dad (with Hazel Edwards), and the Uncle Eddie books (with Lucy Farmer), and has also written for several magazines and newspapers. Kevin is a valued Artist in Residence and an inspirational speaker. His debut play was performed in 2010 and his debut YA novel Kate was published in 2013.
Dr Gary Crew
Gary is Associate Professor, Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast. First published in 1985 (The Inner Circle), he has continued to write over a broad range of genres from illustrated books to creative non-fiction, addressing audiences from primary to adult. His multi-award winning work is published throughout the world. Gary lives in Maleny, a village in the Blackall Ranges, part of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. He admits to an obsession with dogs of all species (except maybe fluffy white ones that yap).
Meredith is a versatile writer and series editor whose work ranges from picture books through to novels, poetry and narrative non-fiction. Her books include Doodledum Dancing, the My Life in the Wild series, novelisations of the TV show Dance Academy and a ‘verse picture book’, My First Day at School. She enjoys wrangling her many pets (who frequently wiggle their way into her stories) and presenting workshops in libraries and schools. Find out more at www.meredithcostain.com
Tom currently runs book distributor INT BOOKS, and has worked in the sales and development side of international publishing for 30 years. He has been closely monitoring the development of ebooks, especially those suitable for children and young teens, and has given a number of professional development sessions on this topic to librarians and teachers over the last three years.
Artist and author Leigh Hobbs works across a wide range of artistic mediums, but is best known for the children’s books he writes and illustrates. These feature his characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig, The Freaks in 4F, Mr Badger and of course, Mr Chicken. Leigh’s book Mr Chicken Goes To Paris was shortlisted for both the CBCA and Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and is very popular in The Louvre Museum Bookshop in Paris. http://www.leighhobbs.com
Tristan is a children’s and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking. His books include Two Wolves, a crime-mystery novel for middle-graders, and My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong, the latest in a series of weird-funny-gross short story collections. Tristan is excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. Find out more and chat to Tristan at www.tristanbancks.com
Deb was a teacher and TV producer before she became an author. She’s written the Max Remy, Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) and Ghost Club series, as well as Grimsdon, about kids living in a climate-changed world. Deb will take you through a series of challenging and fun activities to get your kids excited about writing, all while addressing the three main strands of the National Curriculum: language, literature and literacy, so that students gain a better understanding of how writers create exciting plots and characters. www.deborahabela.com