Sunday, August 15, 2010

Melbourne Writers Festival

This year I have three sessions at the Melbourne Writers Festival.
For bookings, go to

Wednesday September 1st
Chicks with Sticks!
Alice Pung, Sally Rippin
ACMI 2, 12.30pm - 1.15pm, Tickets $6
For Alice Pung, growing up Asian in Australia was a constant process of navigating who she was and how she fit in. For Sally Rippin, growing up as an Australian in China, the process was just the same… in reverse.
Meet Sally and Alice as they talk culture-clashes, family identity and whether being a teenager anywhere can possibly be easy.

Thursday September 2nd
Where am I?
Sally Rippin
ArtPlay, 11.15am - 12pm, Tickets $6
Where you set a story can be the key to whether your readers believe it or not. As an illustrator and an author, Sally Rippin uses beautiful drawings and perfect descriptions to communicate setting to her readers.
Today, Sally talks about capturing the essence of a particular place and how to recreate it on the page.

Saturday 4th September
Wordplay @ Artplay
Carole Wilkinson, Sally Rippin
ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr
10am - 3.15pm
Beginning at 10am each day is packed with different workshops launches and meet the author sessions, so you children can enjoy the full festival experience, all under one roof.
Each day you can write, illustrate and publish your own book in a day with the wonderful Victoria Ryle, as well as enjoying storytelling sessions from the Storyteller's Guild.
We'll be joined too by the Children's Book Council of Australia, who'll be on hand to give free, informal seminars for parents to help you guide your child around the world of books.
On 4th September our featured events are:
Carole Wilkinson – Author Presentation
Carole Wilkinson has the answer to every dragon-related question, in every dragon-related story, you could imagine asking!
Sally Rippin – Illustrator Workshops
Sally Rippin will present workshops on how to illustrate in the style of Chinese painting!
Wordplay is aimed at children from ages 6 - 13 and day tickets cost $21. Parents or guardians attend free of charge.

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