Fostering young writers

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The 2015 Newcastle Writers Festival Kids Program is a celebration of literacy and creativity, offering a diverse range of inspirational events including workshops for secondary students. A partnership between the Newcastle Region Library and the Festival, the program is an enticing mix of author talks, workshops and activities set to light the fires of imagination in children of all ages.

This year for the first time the program includes events for secondary students, each of which was created to enhance the theme of “Discovery”, this year’s Higher School Certificate Area of Study in English. Visiting authors hosting these events include Melina Marchetta, who wrote Looking for Alibrandi, fantasy writer Garth Nix and local author Claire Dunn.

The calendar spans six days, and is a rich offering of forums giving children the opportunity to engage with inspiring authors and illustrators.

One of the most popular days of the program is Family Fun Day, on Saturday 21 March this year. From 9:30am to 1:30pm kids and families can enjoy readings by local authors the launch of local author Susan Whelan’s new book, Don’t Think about Purple Elephants, stories, face painting, craft zone, the Aunt Peachy Show, which provides children with animated storytelling as well as magic, tricks and humour.

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