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Primary School Days: Penrith
Thursday, May 22 2014 9:40 AM - 2:30 AM Ticketed: $25
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Richard Bonynge Concert Hall, 597 High Street, Penrith
Ursula Dubosarsky, Cornelia Funke, Felice Arena, Steven Herrick, Andrew Joyner, Judith Ridge (facilitator)
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PrimarySchool Days brings literature to life, offering children (aged 8+) a chance to meet the people behind the stories they love.

This year’s line-up features the hilarious author-illustrator team Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner, poet and novelist Steven Herrick, writer and King of the Kids Felice Arena and the international best-selling author of the Inkheart trilogy, Cornelia Funke.

MC: Judith Ridge.

Supported by the University of Western Sydney.

Steven Herrick (Australian)

Steven Herrick is the author of 21 books for children and young adults. His verse novels have twice won the NSW Premier's Literary Award and he has been shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards on seven occasions. He regularly travels throughout Australia and overseas performing his work at schools and festivals. His latest book, the verse novel Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend, was joint winner of the 2013 WA Premier's Literary Award for Children's Literature.

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Felice Arena (Australian)

Felice Arena is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. His books have topped bestseller lists and won several awards, including five Australian Children’s Choice Book Awards. He is the creator of the action-packed bionic adventure series Andy Roid, the hilarious Farticus Maximus and Stick Dudes, Sally and Dave: A Slug Story, Whippersnapper, the BoyzRule and GirlzRock series, and the enormously successful Specky Magee books. Felice is also an accomplished actor and TV presenter. He has starred in London West End theatre shows such as Godspell and Hair, and his prominent television roles include Neighbours.

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Cornelia Funke (International)

Cornelia Funke started as a children’s book illustrator, but started writing when she discovered that telling her own stories was more fun than illustrating other people’s. Cornelia is the internationally best-selling and award-winning author of the Inkheart fantasy trilogy, as well as more than 40 other books. The Inkheart trilogy was named by the US National Education Association as one of the 100 best books for children. Her most recent books, Reckless and Fearless, are for older children and teenagers. A native of Germany, she lives in Los Angeles with her family and a crazy dog named Luna.

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Judith Ridge (Australian)

Judith Ridge is an internationally recognised specialist in children’s and youth literature. She has been an English teacher, editor, writer, critic and teacher of children’s literature and creative writing. She is currently the project officer for WestWords – the Western Sydney Young People’s Literature Development Project. Judith is on the Executive Board of the ASA, is a Churchill Fellow and has a master’s in children’s literature.

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Andrew Joyner (Australian)

Andrew Joyner has illustrated two picture books with Ursula Dubosarsky—The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants in This House. He is the author-illustrator of a series of stories featuring Boris, a loveable Warthog, and has illustrated books by authors including Phillip Gwynne and Jen Storer. Andrew is also a regular contributor to the NSW School Magazine. When he’s not making funny books for kids, Andrew works as a cartoonist for newspapers and magazines.

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Ursula Dubosarsky (Australian)

Ursula Dubosarsky is the author of over 30 books for children and teenagers. She has won several national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s literary awards. Her novels include the game board adventure novel Game of the Goose, The Golden Day, set in a girls’ school in 1967, and her recent collaboration with Terry Denton, The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) series of comic detective/puzzle stories for kids and the non-fiction The Word Spy books with Tohby Riddle. Ursula has teamed up several times with illustrator Andrew Joyner on enormously popular and successful picture books such as The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants In This House. She lives in Sydney with her family.

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