Texts Mark the Spot for Bendigo students

Australian Children's Laureate Jackie French will be one of eleven children's authors, editors and musicians to address booked out sessions for Bendigo schoolchildren as part of the Bendigo Writers Festival.

Sarah Mayor Cox, Lecturer in Children's and Young Adult Literature, said that the La Trobe University initiative, called Texts Mark the Spot had been booked out weeks in advance.

'Texts Mark the Spot is a fabulous opportunity for students in the region to interact with some of Australia's best known and commended authors of texts for young people,' said Ms Mayor Cox.

'It is La Trobe University's contribution to young readers in our region and a key session of the Bendigo Writers Festival.'

Guest authors and illustrators

She said  guest speakers  included Australian Children's Laureate Jackie French, bestselling author of more than 140 books, including Diary of a Wombat and Hitler's Daughter.

'Jackie will discuss her extraordinary career campaigning for literacy, advocating for sustainability and creating much-loved stories and a host of wonderful characters, including her beloved wombats,' she said.

Other highlights include song writing workshops as well as sessions on Chinese folktales and the significance of children's literature in society. The program is being held on Friday 8 August 2014.

The day will end with a creative project by students from Eaglehawk, Weeroona and Crusoe secondary colleges. Six students will have three minutes to read their work to a creative panel including authors Sophie Masson and Keith Austin.

'It's a chance for budding story tellers to get feedback from leading writers,' Ms Mayor Cox said.

Throughout the festival Chris Kennett's work will be exhibited at Dudley House in View St. The exhibition will be curated by La Trobe University lecturer in Graphic Design and Illustration Paul Morris.

Mr Kennett is the designer on the TV animation of Andy Griffiths' book The Day My Bum Went Psycho, and is currently working with the great Stan Lee's company on an animation show.

Writers in Action

Thursday 7 August will see the launch of Writers in Action, a fully accredited La Trobe University subject exploring professional and creative writing. Dr Sue Gillett, who will deliver the subject, is delighted at the response.

'The subject has attracted 65 participants in its inaugural offering for humanities students. This is a phenomenal response and one that demonstrates the cultural vibe for which Bendigo is known,' she said.

'Writers in Action is unique in that the students are being assessed through their participation in the Bendigo Writers Festival.'

The Bendigo Writers Festival will take place from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 August. To find out more or to buy tickets click here.


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