Monday 23rd October - Middle Primary School Presenters

Adam Cece

Bio

Adam Cece is a South Australian children's author. His debut middle grade novel, Wesley Booth Super Sleuth, was published by Scholastic in 2015 and his second book, Twin Spin, will be published by Scholastic in early 2018. The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened In Huggabie Falls won the 2017 Text Prize, and the first two books in the Huggabie Falls series will be published by Text Publishing in 2018. Adam's web home is www.adamcece.com and he is represented in publishing by Blacklock Literary Management. For school visits and author talks he is represented by Becky's Literary Bookings www.beckysliterary.com.au.

Presentation:

Spark! Adam is finally going to answer the question every author gets asked at every school visit they ever do, but can never answer – where do you get your ideas from? Adam will reveal three simple techniques you can use to spark your imagination to come up with ideas, and then how you can turn those ideas into stories.

www.adamcece.com

Mike Dumbleton

Bio

Mike Dumbleton is an award-winning writer of children’s books. Eight of Mike’s titles have been selected as Notable Books by the Children's Book Council of Australia. His books range from the humorous Santa’s Secret and Muddled-up Farm (Speech Pathology Book of the Year) to the sensitive Passing On (CBCA Shortlisted Book). His work also appeals to all ages from Cat (CBCA Honour Book Early Childhood) to Meet Douglas Mawson, a non-fiction picture book for older students.

Mike has also written a range of junior novels including the Jet book series. After working as a literacy consultant in New York, he is now pleased to be back in Australia, closer to family and friends. In his spare time, Mike enjoys reading, travelling, trying to keep fit, listening to jazz and watching sport. He has recently signed contracts for three new picture books.

Presentation

Mike will share information and background about his books, as well as providing insights into the writing/publishing process. There is a hidden story behind every story and Mike is prepared to spill the beans!

www.mikedumbleton.com.au

Andrew Joyner

Bio

Andrew Joyner is an illustrator and author of numerous children’s books, including Too Many Elephants in this House, by Ursula Dubosarsky, and The Swap, by Jan Ormerod. He also wrote and illustrated the Boris chapter book series, about a winsome and adventurous warthog. His books are now published in more than twenty five countries and his forthcoming titles include his authorial picture book debut, The Pink Hat, about a young girl, a pink hat, and the Women's March.  He lives with his family in Strathalbyn.

Presentation

You can draw anything! Turn a potato into a bear, and a circle into an elephant. Draw along with Andrew as he shows you how to create your own character by starting with some very simple shapes.

www.andrewjoyner.com.au

Ruth Starke

Bio

Dr Ruth Starke is a Research Fellow at Flinders University, a teacher of creative writing and the author of some 30 books for young readers. She writes graphic novels (with Greg Holfeld), including the Captain Congo series; middle-grade fiction, including the award-winning Nips XI and Noodle Pie; and the occasional YA novel. In 2015 she and the primary school students of SA collaborated on writing the serial The Boy With Silver Eyes, which ran every day for a month and was published by the Advertiser. She has recently moved into non-fiction and is currently working on a companion book to the prize-winning My Gallipoli, to be called Armistice, which will be published in 2018.

Presentation

Ruth will talk about the real-life inspirations for some of her novels and explain how authors use such material to create their characters. She'll also relate some funny stories about Captain Congo.

www.ruthstarke.com

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