24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Family and Kids

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Jack Heath

Jack Heath is the internationally bestselling author of The Cut Out and many other action-packed thrillers for young people.

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Wish you could be a superhero?

Have you ever wanted to make your very own superhero storybook? Children’s book writer and publisher, Susan Hall and illustrator Cheryl Westenberg, lead a writing and drawing workshop to assist children to create their own illustrated superhero story. Suitable for aspiring writers and illustrators aged 5 – 8 years. Superhero super power ideas are essential and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Crinkling News (workshop)

In a workshop for budding newshounds aged 7 to 12, Crinkling News editor Saffron Howden will teach junior journos how to craft a news story. Crinkling News is a new national newspaper written especially for and by kids, approaching facts with curiosity, diligence and a nose for a good story.

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Professor Frankie

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Harry Potter books and Professor Frankie directs an hour of mayhem in celebration.

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Silent Reading Party

Did you love "silent reading" when you were at school? Do you have a pile of books you want to read but you can never quite find the time? Well Read on!!

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Garth Nix

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he previously worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve.

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Looking for Alibrandi at 25

A quarter of a decade ago, Melina Marchetta wrote the classic story of an Italian-Australian girl becoming a woman. Now she brings this cult classic to Canberra with an author’s talk and screening of the film that continues to inspire teenagers and adults alike.

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Tracey Spicer - Favourite Kids Book Reading

Tracey Spicer is an iconoclast whose TEDx Talk ‘The Lady Stripped Bare’ has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people. Tracey has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for several TV networks, and has brought her sassy style to talkback radio.

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Josh Earl

CANCELLED: Josh Earl is unable to appear at the Canberra Writers Festival today (Sunday 27th August) due to illness.

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Silent Reading Party

Did you love "silent reading" when you were at school? Do you have a pile of books you want to read but you can never quite find the time? Well Read on!!

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Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson is the author of eight picture books (HARRY HIGHPANTS, EMO THE EMU), a middle grade series (THE SELWOOD BOYS) and some novels for adults (PLAYERS, MAKING NEWS).

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