This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: PSD4  |  Type: School Days

School Days is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with their favourite authors, discover exciting new voices and be inspired in a fun, educational and interactive day.


10.00-10.45 AM: STORYTELLING WITH PICTURES with Jon Klassen

10.45-11.30 AM: WHAT WOULD TOM GATES DO? with Liz Pichon

With Jon Klassen and Liz Pichon

12.30-1.15 PM: THE ART OF GRAMMAR with Tohby Riddle

1.15-2 PM: WHERE IDEAS COME FROM with Judith Rossell

With Tohby Riddle and Judith Rossell

Supported by Western Sydney University.

Thursday 19 May 2016 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Richard Bonynge Concert Hall, 597 High Street, Penrith

Jon Klassen (International)

Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book, and This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal. He is also the illustrator of House Held Up by Trees, written by Ted Kooser, which was named a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, written by Mac Barnett, which won a Caldecott Honor. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.

Liz Pichon (International)

Liz Pichon is the author of the best-selling Tom Gates series, which has sold 1 million books in the UK alone and been translated into 36 languages. The first book in the series, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, The Red House Book Award Best Book for Young Readers and the Waterstones Best Fiction for 5-12 year olds. The fourth book in the series, Tom Gates: Genius Ideas Mostly,won the Blue Peter Award for Best Story. Liz has also written and illustrated a number of picture books. She lives in Brighton, UK.

Tohby Riddle (Australian)

Tohby Riddle is the multi-award-winning creator of numerous well-loved picture books, two cartoon collections and a novel. In his new book, The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar,he has directed his love of words and pictures to the tricky subject of grammar. By making the book Tohby Riddle wished he’d had when he was learning grammar at school, he might just have created a world first: a visual book of grammar – that is simple, fun, understandable and memorable!

Judith Rossell (Australian)

Judith has been an illustrator and writer of children’s books for over 12 years. Before that, she worked as a government scientist (not a mad scientist, a normal kind of scientist) and also for a cotton spinning company (that made threads for T-shirts and denim jeans and mops and teabag strings). She has written 11 books and illustrated more than 80. Her books have been published in the UK and the USA, and have been translated into more than 10 languages. Judith lives in Melbourne with a cat the size of a Walrus.

Felice Arena (Australian)

Felice Arena is one of Australia's best-loved children's writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children's books for all ages, including Whippersnapper, the bestselling Specky Magee books, Andy Roid and the Sporty Kids series.



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