Blockbuster Program for Young Readers: Adelaide Writer’s Week

Blockbuster Program for Young Readers: Adelaide Writer’s Week

It’s almost time for Adelaide Writer’s Week and this year the line-up is extremely exciting! A blockbuster program for children and young people takes place on the opening weekend. A magical day of stories with authors, actors and adventurers on Saturday 29 February will keep children entertained from 9.30am-3.30pm.

On Sunday, writing in all its forms will be celebrated in a day for teens and tweens,with events from Australia’s best authors writing for young people and the return of the powerful spoken-word showcase, Hear Me Roar.

For Younger Readers there is Kids Day on Saturday 29 February, between  9.30am and 3.30pm.

Then on Sunday 1 March (10am – 4.30pm) it’s a Day for Middle and YA Readers (Tweens and Teens)

Free – no bookings required

The line-up of authors will take your breath away and if you have a little Gruffalo fan in the house then this is a festival not to be missed! Some highlights are listed below but there are many more so please visit the website for more information.

Graeme Base is one of Australia’s pre-eminent creators of imaginative works for children, his worldwide bestsellers Animalia, The Eleventh Hour and The Waterhole are known and loved by millions around the world.

John Boyne is an Irish author of eleven novels for adults, five for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas sold 9 million copies worldwide.

Julia Donaldson has written some of the world’s best-loved children’s books, including The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, which together have sold over 17 million copies worldwide. She was the UK Children’s Laureate 2011-13 and has been honoured with a CBE for Services to Literature.

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. He and illustrator Terry Denton have collaborated on more than 30 bestselling books winning 80 children’s choice awards and 10 ABIA’s—including Book of the Year for The 91-Storey Treehouse in 2015.

Sally Rippin is Australia’s highest selling female author with over seventy books, many of them award-winning. They include the highly acclaimed Polly and Buster trilogy and the popular Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! books.

Parents may also be interested in attending John Marsden’s sessions on his newest book The Art of Growing Up. Marsden has won every major award in Australia for young people’s fiction. John’s passionate interest in education led him to start two successful schools and his latest book is The Art of Growing Up, a non-fiction work about education and parenting.

To find out more visit the website here.

Sally Rippin
About the author

Sally Rippin

Sally Rippin was born in Darwin, but grew up mainly in South-East Asia. As a young adult she lived in China for three years, studying traditional Chinese painting. Sally has over sixty books published, many of them award-winning, including two novels for young adults. Her most recent work includes the highly acclaimed children’s novel Angel Creek and the popular Billie B Brown books, which became the highest selling series for 6-8 year olds in Australia within the first year of their release. In 2015, Sally was Australia’s highest selling female author and her Billie B Brown books have sold more than 3 million copies since first published. 

Books by Sally Rippin

John Boyne
About the author

John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where I was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.He has published 9 novels for adults and four for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which was a New York Times no.1 Bestseller and was made into a Miramax feature film. It has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.He is a regular book reviewer for The Irish Times and has been a judge for both the Hennessy Literary Awards and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Books by John Boyne

Julia Donaldson
About the author

Julia Donaldson

I grew up in a tall terraced Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Chopin waltzes.I studied Drama and French at Bristol University, where I met Malcolm, a guitar-playing medic to whom I’m now married.

Before Malcolm and I had our family, we used to go busking together and I would write special songs for each country; the best one was in Italian about pasta.

The busking led to a career in singing and songwriting, mainly for children’s television. I became an expert at writing to order on such subjects as guinea pigs, window-cleaning and horrible smells. “We want a song about throwing crumpled-up wrapping paper into the bin” was a typical request from the BBC.

I also continued to write “grown-up” songs and perform them in folk clubs and on the radio, and have recently released two CDs of these songs. One of these songs, sung by Malcolm and called “Cochon Blues” was played as one of my choices when I was on the Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs.

One of my television songs, A Squash and a Squeeze, was made into a book in 1993, with illustrations by the wonderful Axel Scheffler. It was great to hold the book in my hand without it vanishing in the air the way the songs did. This prompted me to unearth some plays I’d written for a school reading group, and since then I’ve had 20 plays published. Most children love acting and it’s a tremendous way to improve their reading.

My real breakthrough was The Gruffalo, again illustrated by Axel. We work separately - he’s in London and I’m in Glasgow - but he sends me letters with lovely funny pictures on the envelopes.

I really enjoy writing verse, even though it can be fiendishly difficult. I used to memorise poems as a child and it means a lot to me when parents tell me their child can recite one of my books.

When I’m not writing I am often performing, at book festivals and in theatres. I really enjoy getting the children in the audience to help me act out the stories and sing the songs. When Malcolm can take time off from the hospital he and his guitar come too. and it feels as if we’ve come full circle - back to busking.

Books by Julia Donaldson

John Marsden
About the author

John Marsden

John Marsden grew up in three states of Australia, and now lives in Victoria. John loved school so much that he started his own. Or, he hated school so much that he started his own in 2006 so that other kids wouldn't have to go through the suffering he experienced. Candlebark is in a beautiful forest near Hanging Rock, and is John's proudest achievement.John has published more than 40 books, including the bestselling The Tomorrow Series. Tomorrow When the War Began was made into a highly successful movie in 2010.John is one of Australia's biggest selling and most awarded authors.

Books by John Marsden

Andy Griffiths
About the author

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths is a popular and award-winning author. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Melbourne. His creative partnership with Terry Denton includes bestsellers such as the Just series, The Very Bad Book and the Treehouse series. The 13-Storey Treehouse was the 2012 ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children.

Books by Andy Griffiths

Graeme Base
About the author

Graeme Base

Graeme Base is one of the world's leading creators of picture books. His alphabet book Animalia, received international acclaim when it was first published in 1986, and has achieved classic status with worldwide sales approaching three million copies. It has now inspired an animated TV series.Other favourites by Graeme Base include The Eleventh Hour, My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch, The Sign of the Seahorse, The Discovery of Dragons, The Worst Band in the Universe,The Waterhole (and The Waterhole Board Book), Jungle Drums and Uno's Garden. In 2007 this last title featured in six major awards and was winner of three: Speech Pathology Book of the Year, younger readers; The Green Earth Book, USA; The Wilderness Society Environment Award.In 2003, his first novel for young readers, TruckDogs, was released. It was short-listed for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards the following year. In 2009 Graeme produced the the fascinating, beautiful and challenging book Enigma; can you crack the code?Graeme lives in Melbourne with his artist wife, Robyn, and their three children - James, Kate and Will.

Books by Graeme Base

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