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
A.F. Harrold (United Kingdom)
A.F. Harrold is an English poet who spends his time showing off on stage, and writing poems and books. He is the author of The Imaginary (illustrated by Emily Gravett), The Song from Somewhere Else (illustrated by Levi Pinfold) and the Fizzlebert Stump and Greta Zargo series.
Morris Gleitzman (Australia )
Morris Gleitzman is a bestselling Australian children’s author. His books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in humorous and unexpected ways. His titles include Two Weeks With The Queen; Grace; Doubting Thomas; Bumface; Give Peas A Chance; Extra Time; Loyal Creatures and the series Once, Then, Now, After and Soon.
Chris Riddell (United Kingdom)
Chris Riddell is the 2015–2017 UK Children’s Laureate. He has won three CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals and was awarded the Costa Children’s Book Award for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse. He is the author of the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the
Muddle Earth books, on The Edge Chronicles, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series. He is the illustrator of Neil Gailman’s The Graveyard Book; Coraline; and Fortunately, the Milk.
Katrina Nannestad (Australia )
Katrina Nannestad is the award-winning Australian author of The Girl Who Brought Mischief, the Olive of Groves series, the Red Dirt Diaries series and, most recently, The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome. In June 2018, she will launch Lottie Perkins, a series for younger readers. Katrina writes books that celebrate family, friendship and belonging.