Posted on 21 March 2019
On Thursday 21 March, 14 of our Year 6 students had the opportunity to attend Somerset Storyfest for a celebration of children’s literature, reading, writing and illustration. The focus of the day was finding our own voice and stories – that we all have the right to find our identity as a reader and as a writer. The students attended workshops with leading Australian authors and illustrators, who reminded us that we have amazing characters and stories in our own backyard – and not to get confused that the only good stories come from American blockbusters which proliferate our media.
The students started the day with a workshop by Campbell White, who kindly signed copies of his ‘Home Time’ for the OC Library. Then it was off to an author talk by Zanni Louise, who sold Ms Bowker for a story. Luckily, our OC students were able to compete with their own imaginative ideas and win her back for us. Illustrator Ben Wood showed us that creativity can come from simple shapes and ideas, and sparked some intense drawing from our enthusiastic students. Our last visit was a talk by author Belinda Murrell (of ‘Pippa’s Island’ and the ‘Lulu Bell’ series fame). She is a passionate advocate for children’s literacy and had some excellent tips for our students – who all left the festival with notebooks full of great ideas, tips and drawings