I'm a children's author, wife and mum in no particular order. I perform these jobs simultaneously and I love them all!

Thursday 31 March 2016

The Newcastle Writers Festival - Day 3 - Primary School Groups

Over 600 kids experienced our festival today thanks to a wonderful team of book-loving and book-creating people. Another wonderful day! Here is a summary of the scrumptious talent that oozed all over Newcastle today.

Lisa Shanahan entertained kids with stories about chooks, pirates, bears and dragons. And what a lovely lady might I add. The children who crossed paths with Lisa will truly remember their time with her. And lucky us! We got to have a sneak peek inside her new picture book titled, The Whole Caboodle, illustrated by Leila Rudge.

Judith Rossell educated her audiences about Victorian villains. She is such a talented and interesting lady. I admire anyone who can write and illustrate. My copy of Withering by Sea - A Stella Montgomery Intrigue is divine, luscious, and now signed - complete with pretty stickers and stamps. I can't wait to read it.

Serena Geddes told Disney and Lulu Bell illustration stories and shared how she designs new characters. The kids soaked up every word and loved seeing her sketches and research.

Renee Price entertained kids with acting, singing, puppetry, story telling and fun during her Digby Fixit Live! shows. She is another person who oozes multiple talents.

The Lessons of a LAC team, Lynn Jenkins and Kirrili Lonergan had a wonderful time sharing their hints and tips about how to help settle worries with the assistance of Curly and Loppy.


Tony Flowers was a huge hit with kids and teachers. He stepped them through the process of illustrating and gave the kids a great tip: 'It's better to show improvement than be perfect. No one likes a perfect circle.' What a great tip!

Samantha Turnbull got into the nitty gritty of writing with up and coming young authors. She is also a slam poetry advocate. What a delight! See, I told you we had talent oozing out of this city!

Kombi Co. coffee anyone? How cool is this mobile coffee van. It has been and will continue to be strategically positioned out the front of the festival every day this week.

MacLean's Booksellers has been wonderful. They have provided a pop-up bookshop every day of the children's program. Kids have been able to get their hands on signed copies of absolutely top quality Australian literature.

I love the buzz that fills the air at children's literature events. The kids reported back to me with wonderful comments and then returned to school with a spring in their steps. What an honour it is to work on such an exhilarating local event.

Tomorrow is a smaller day in the kids program so I'm off presenting at a PD conference instead. I will be attending the Opening Night of the Main Festival tomorrow evening. I may miss the opportunity to blog tomorrow. *sigh* But then we hit the ground running for the Saturday Family Fun Day at Newcastle Library. There will be so much to tell you about. Until then ...


  1. Loving the wind up of each day, Katrina, and all the lovely pics. So jealous of the fun you're having in Newcastle!

  2. Thanks Deb. I'm glad someone is enjoying them. Makes the effort worthwhile!