Online event: Looking forward: Bendigo Writers Festival Schools day

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Join us for an online event designed for schools to celebrate Book Week 2020!

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Monday 19 October 2020 09:30 am until Monday 19 October 2020 10:30 am (Add to calendar)
Rebecca Crossling; 0484 600 060
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Presented by La Trobe University, Bendigo Writers Festival and Arena Theatre
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Join La Trobe University, Bendigo Writers Festival and Arena Theatre for Looking forward - an online event designed for schools to celebrate Book Week 2020!

Hosted by animated robot Battletac, Looking forward will take students through a series of engaging author and illustrator talks – all without leaving their classrooms (or bedrooms)!  Commencing with a Welcome to Country, our event will include a live panel discussion, allowing students to pose questions to the speakers.

Register your class now to join live on the day!

Can’t make the live event? Go ahead and BOOK NOW anyway, and we’ll send a recording of the event to your inbox.  The event will be available on-demand to watch.  But for the full engaging experience, we recommend joining live with students in the classroom.

This event is best aimed for middle year students – Year 4 through to Year 8.

Our host


‘Battletac’ is a Japanese born robot actor who first appeared as Trigg in the 1972 cult classic ‘Rise of the Simulants’. After winning the prestigious Lotus Fury award for Best Supporting Support in a Supporting Role, he reprised the role of Trigg in; Battle of the Simulants; Curse of the Simulants; Revenge of the Simulants; Revenge of the Simulants 2; My Simulant Maker and the Simulant origin story, The Birth of the Simulants an Origin Story.

In 1982 he received critical attention for his performance of Battletac, the title character from the series of the same name.

Production on the series abruptly ceased in December 1984 after a rumoured split between Battletac and producers citing artistic differences.

Battletac’s whereabouts remained unknown until 2017 after the discovery of his still functioning arm in a recycling bin belonging to Australian school girl, Juniper May. His arm and body were reunited in 2018 and he now resides in Melbourne, Australia with Juniper and her family. He loves to sing.

Our speakers

Dub Leffler

Dub Leffler is descended from the Bigambul people of south-west Queensland.

He began his visual arts career as an animator and has worked as a muralist and art teacher and collaborated with internationally recognised illustrators such as Colin Thompson, Shaun Tan and Banksy. He has illustrated twenty-three books for children, including Sorry Day, by Coral Vass, which won the 2019 CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, and Black Cockatoo, by Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler, which was a 2019 CBCA Honour Book. He is also the author-illustrator of the acclaimed picture book,  Once there was a boy.

He travels around Australia and the world helping children make illustrations of their own.

Solli Raphael

At 12 years of age, Solli Raphael was titled the youngest ever winner of the Australian Poetry Slam held at the Sydney Opera House after he performed 'Australian Air' - a poem about political wisdom, environmental awareness and the importance of social consciousness. He then rose to fame after his winning performance was viewed online over four million times in 24 hours.

Now 15, Solli is a globally renowned poet and keynote speaker; having led workshops; performed and spoken at conferences, schools and universities. Additionally (and passionately), Solli is an environmental activist and humanitarian who works closely as an ambassador for four charities and organisations.

Solli’s first book Limelight, was published in 2018 and has received accolades for its capacity to engage students in poetry, having also won a

Nautilus Book Award in 2019 for best middle-grade nonfiction.[Text Wrapping Break]

Solli enjoys writing powerful and emotive pieces to instigate change in the areas he feels are critical for attention and action such as social equality, the environment and animal protection. This inspirational teen thrives from empowering the global youth movement whilst redefining the possibilities for a young person.

Solli’s second book,  Spotlight, will be released in September 2020.

Coral Vass

Coral Vass is an award-winning Australian Children’s Author with several books published with Scholastic Books Australia, National Library of Australia and Penguin Random House Australia.

Her book, Sorry Day won the 2018 Speech Pathology Awards Book of the Year for Language and Literacy Development Indigenous Children and the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year - Eve Pownall Award.

With a background in Media, Coral has always had a passion for telling stories and inspiring children with a love for literature.  She dabbled in script writing, radio drama and video production, before working a decade in marketing and publications.

Her signature writing style has a splash of rhythm, a dash of rhyme and is stirred with fun!  As well as children's books, Coral loves dark chocolate, good coffee, the theatre and the beach.

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