Melbourne Writers Festival

On Tuesday August 26th we went to Melbourne for the Young Writers Festival.
We traveled by bus, when we got there the first person we saw speak was:
John Flanagan.
He told us about his new book coming out. About a new character in the new book thats named after a girl who emails him alot named Maddi. And other things.
After we saw him we saw Emily Rodda.
She told us about how she named her characters by their personality.
And how she got her ideas from normal everyday life like watching a wasp carry a parralised spider up her window gave her an idea for when Lief, Jasmine and Barda were stuck in mud and other creatures had put them there, in one Deltora Quest book.
She also told us about that a story can come from the easiest things such as:
Her twin sons when they were 3 heard someone say their friend’s grandma laughed so hard she nearly fell into the supermarket freezer. They changed the story to she did fall in and her head got stuck in the ice. So the supermarket man came with an axe and chopped her up into little pieces.

So as you can see, stories come from anything, commensense, what could happen and pure imagination.

We all thought the festival was fun and very interesting.

From Sonic and hogwarts_girl

John Flanagan

I thought it was interesting because John Flanagan explained things about his books more thoroughly than Emily Rodda. He was nice and had a bit of a laugh with us. I think his series (Rangers Apprentice) is good. I disagree with his theory about not reading books when you are writing your own.

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Welcome to the reading room

Hello fellow booklovers! Welcome to the reading room – the place where you can share your thoughts on new books, old books, authors you love (or not) and other reading related activities.

To get us started, I will share some news from our Junior Book Club. Term 3 has been a really busy time for us. We began the term with a Desert Island Reading project – sharing our list of books that we MUST have if we were stranded on a desert island. Meanwhile we were also busy reading the short-listed books for this year’s cbca “Book of the Year” awards. During Book Week we had lots of fun activities in our library – from treasure hunts to book quizzes to Guess the Author to a fun debate between staff and students (about books, of course)! The week culminated in a Book Banquet which has become a bit of a tradition here – on the last friday, at lunchtime the Book Clubbers have a fun lunch in the Library (which is closed to other users) – we talk about the cbca books… eat and drink… and play book related games.

The following week, the Book Clubbers took a bus to Melbourne to attend the Melbourne Writers Festival where we attended sessions with John Flanagan and Emily Rodda. But I will let our students share their stories about this event with you in our next post.