You have Permission to Daydream

Sunshine, rain and rainforest backdropped the inaugural Sunshine Writer’s Retreat in Montville. With air thinner than the finest mist, many a kindred spirit met. Our Masterclass presenters generously shared their writing adventures, including faux pas. Picture Book Author & Illustrator, Peter Carnavas  gave us permission to daydream through our writing room window. A window as…

Books Change Lives – Unexpectedly

‘What is your dream?’ Author Brian Falkner asked a room full of year 5 students. Marine biologist, Hollywood actress, lawyer and a room full of nasty criminals made the list. Falkner had to confess to the marine biologist he didn’t really eat dolphins. Relief spread across her face as if she’d sipped warm milk. Dreams…

Write in Response to Visual Art

June Perkins, author, poet, blogger, photographer and videographer, held a Writing Poetry in Response to Art, workshop which showed how visual art could inspire poetry or some form of writing. Aspiring and emerging writers and poets were given an insight into ‘how to think differently’ about writing poetry. This event was part of the mini Illumine Festival on 6-8th October, 2017 at…

Preserve our Oceans and Coastal Habitats

Picture Book author, Kim Toft, a former Prep teacher, had some 120 preps to year 2 following her every move. She uses silk painting to illustrate the preservation of our oceans and coastal habitats. Her vibrant colours reflect her subjects which are incredibly realistic. Toft performed her cautionary tale ‘One Less Fish’ in song and…

Over My Dead Bunny

Enter darkened room… Sit. Face eerie grass green iridescent set. Does it hint at where dead bunny will lay beneath? For tis below the surface he arises Hence the mayhem begins… Opinionated Review A cast so talented (and multi-charactered) they would be met with success from every school in the country – familiar with My Dead…

Books Save the Rights of Children

Over 800 new books were handed over to Save the Children from the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), Queensland. CBCA Qld, Community Projects Co-ordinator, since 2016, Judith Russell, said Save the Children fitted their criteria to ‘serve children who were disadvantaged in some way’. ‘We go to the organisation or group, look at their Annual…

Write with Passion — Hook, Hold and Keep Reader

Deborah Abela’s hands-on writing workshop for WriteLinks on 5th August, 2017 inspired so many writers, that many bussed, trained and carred home to rework their opening paragraphs. Others who attended critique groups shortly after, saw part of their peers’ works anew. Abela, former teacher, Cheez TV writer and author of 25 books was courageous admitting her…