It was a beautiful day on the 28th of October. The sun was shining and I just couldn’t wait to cram onto the stuffy full train to Melbourne for an hour. I was forced to sit in the tiny little box meant for bags and laptops which I also had to share with Kayla Driscol. But once we arrived at the station all was good and well… that was until we had to jump on another train that was more crammed than the first.
Once we arrived at the state library we waited in the lobby with around 5 other schools until our Bookgig session “Bringing the funny” started. But we were soon allowed to take our seat in the large fancy theatre. All the comic authors made speeches and actors performed scenes from their books. My fave author was the author the wrote LOVING RICHARD FEYNMAN. She was quite a funny person.
For lunch I bought Mcdonalds. I have better things to spend my money on.
On the trip home it was a little less crowded. I read the book written by Penny Tangey who was my fave author of the day.
All up the trip was an educational and fun experience. I would like to do it again.
From Grace xx
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:
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
We went to hear Emily Rodda and John Flanagan. My favourite was Emily because I have read her books. She signed all 18 of my books that she has wriiten, including the Fairy Realm series and the Key to Rondo. I still can’t get over the fact that she signed all 18 of my books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!