The Primary School Days program is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet their favourite authors and illustrators, discover exciting new voices, have a book autographed, and be inspired by the world of imagination and ideas.
10AM: MORRIS GLEITZMAN PRESENTS…
Bestselling children’s author Morris Gleitzman introduces his latest characters and the fascinating, unpredictable, exciting, mysterious, funny, shocking, unique, heartwarming, scary, friendly and dangerous worlds they live in.
10.45AM: WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING WITH CHRIS RIDDELL
Join the UK Children’s Laureate (2015–17) Chris Riddell as he describes his journey to becoming one of England’s most legendary authors and illustrators. Chris reveals the secrets behind writing and illustrating his popular Goth Girl and Ottoline series as well as what it is like to work with renowned authors such as Neil Gaiman. Most importantly, find out why you should draw every day.
11.30AM Lunch Break and Book Signings
With Morris Gleitzman and Chris Riddell
(We recommend students bring their own lunch.)
12.30PM: DAYDREAMING AND GIGGLING ALLOWED
Award-winning Australian author Katrina Nannestad has a passion for stories with laughter and heart. Katrina reveals the inspiration behind her colourful settings and the quirky characters that inhabit them, and explains why writing a story might be the best fun you ever have.
1.15PM NOT MAKING SENSE
A.F. Harrold is an English poet and writer who makes people – especially children – laugh. Join him for poems, stories and comedy in this highly interactive and silly session. Expect the unexpected (although if you’re expecting it then it’s no longer unexpected).
2PM Finish and Book Signings
With Katrina Nannestad and A.F. Harrold
Morris Gleitzman (Australian)
Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. After university he worked for ten years as a screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now, after 42 books, he’s one of Australia’s most popular authors. He was appointed the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018–2019. His most recent book is Always.