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.
10.00am: WHAT A CHARACTER
Award-winning British author and illustrator, Lauren Child talks about the inspiration for each of her best-selling series and how she creates her amazing stories and characters. Prepare to enter the worlds of Ruby Redfort, Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola!
10:45am: COMPULSIVE CREATIVITY
Matt Stanton takes you through a funny and energetic exploration of storytelling, illustration and creativity. In this highly interactive session, Matt, who is a compulsive cartoonist, invites students to help him create stories and characters, showing them why they have no reason to fear the blank page.
11:30am: Lunch Break and Book Signings
With Lauren Child and Matt Stanton
12:30pm: FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo gives students an early lesson on the power of perseverance and describes her own path to becoming a published author. Kate opens up about how fear kept her from following her dreams for ten years, as well as the countless rejections before she got her first book published.
1:15pm: DANGER AHEAD
Jack Heath, author of action-packed thrillers in which the reader chooses the ending, reveals the secrets behind writing a fast-paced and unpredictable adventure. The story of Jack's strange life will make you laugh and think.
2:00pm: Finish and Book Signings
With Kate Di Camillo and Jack Heath
Supported by Parramatta City Council.
Oliver Phommavanh (Australian)
Oliver Phommavanh is a Thai-Australian writer for children. He is the author of Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd, Punchlines, Thai-no-mite, Ethan, The Other Christy, Super Con-nerd and, most recently, Natural Born Loser.