The 42nd ALEA Meanjin – Brisbane area – Australian Literacy Educators’ Association Young Writers’ Festival (for students from Years 5 to 10) is being held on Thursday 4 July at Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus.
Featuring a Keynote from Morris Gleitzman and four workshops with a wonderful line up of authors, poets and illustrators – Candice Lemon-Scott; Gregg Dreise; June Perkins and Katrin Dreiling.
(Not quite everyone could make the launch but we were thinking of them!)
It was a joyful, festive atmosphere in which we celebrated the official launch of It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas at the Grandview Hotel, Cleveland.
And such a delight to hear people read their work. Contributions varied from gentle poems and stories, to hilarious stories. There really is something to suit everyone in this collection as well as a delicious and sometimes very humid taste of celebrating christmas in Australia.
John Duke’s work was particularly loved by the children gathered and would I think make a brilliant picture book in its own right. With so many infectious giggles rippling through the room it was definitely a big hit!
All the other readers did a wonderful job, many presenting fragments so that families were just itching to read the rest of the story. OCD elves, toys longing to be reunited with their children . . . you’ll just have to read more.
Maria Parenti-Baldey, the final reader, gave a dynamic and energetic performance to keep all enthralled.
A particular congratulations to people who were published for the first time and possibly doing their first ever public readings!
The children were so brilliantly behaved and engaged (well done all readers and parents and grandparents) and especially excited when Santa and Mrs Clause turned up!
Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and producers as well as all those who helped in anyway on launch day.
Thank you to the team, especially Share your Story, Michelle Worthington, Julieann Wallace and to all the illustrators, especially Di Spediacci for the vibrant cover!
This special collection seeks to raise money for bicycles for teachers in Tanzania.
To ensure that a trainee teacher has every chance of punctuality, attendance and success, proceeds from the sale of the Share Your Story Anthology – ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’ will be put towards purchasing a bicycle for the trainee teachers to ride to the Teachers’ Training College in Tanzania.
Here are the details on how to purchase your copy!
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You can obtain a copy of the book at the following links
Extract from my Article, “Publishing Reimagined – Discoveries of a Multiplatform Storyteller” Vol 1, Issue 8, pp 40-48
“Stories are important because they can inspire, challenge and transform the person creating or experiencing them: to do this for more than their creators they need to connect with an audience.
The journey to find an audience for even hard working and talented writers can be a long and arduous one, full of rejections, and a long wait before publication.
However, if one reimagines the publishing process and sees it as existing far beyond and prior to a printed page, and the big publishers in the world, the journey itself can be purposeful, educative and integral to the development of your creative abilities. One can make one’s own luck!
In my personal journey as a writer looking for her audience I have avoided boxes of fitting into a single art form, genre, and working on a single platform, to make the following discoveries.
You can effectively publish through reading a poem in an open public reading: on radio, or in person and sometimes dramatizing it.
A poem need not be a static, a never changed creation, but can be one which an audience help shape. It is especially fun to do this with reading to children or even anti-poetry fans, who are so honest in their responses! If you can win them over in your reading you know the poem has done well in reaching a wider audience. ”
I am very honoured to support this project of my dear friend and fellow creative Mel Irvine who has invited me to via skype to an International Literacy day in Botongon. It’s been quite a journey since we met at a song writing workshop in Far North Queensland, a place where we both shared the power of music and became friends.
Mel says, “International Literacy Day is held on 8 September every year and this year I’ll be celebrating with the children of Botongon as well as some accomplished artists, writers and musicians from Iloilo City. As a special treat, my friend and children’s author Dr June Perkins will be joining us via skype to engage with the children about the subjects closest to her heart: family, the natural world and the importance of going to school. And you can join us too, LIVE via YouTube or Facebook.”