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3 May 2017 ·

September: StoryArts Festival Ipswich, Brisbane Writers Festival, and Historical Novelists Conference

StoryArts Festival Ipswich on Sep 4 – Ipswich Festival of Children’s Literature

The biennial Ipswich Festival of Children’s began in 1995 providing FREE sessions for children and low cost session for adults and young adults with an interest in children’s literature such as teachers, librarians, and emerging writers and illustrators.

More info: storyartsfestivalipswich.wordpress.com


Brisbane Writers Festival Sep 5-8

Continuing on in 2017, join your favourite writers and hear striking new voices explore their work. Ignite lifelong reading passions at Word Play, Alphabet Zoo and LOVE YA! Deep dive into ideas as panels discuss morality, the media, horror, addiction and more.

More info: uplit.com.au/festival/brisbane-writers-festival/


Historical Novelists Conference Sep 9

Children and young adult fiction: how difficult can it be? Is writing fiction for children and young adults an easy option?

Writing historical fiction for children and young adults (CYA) takes skills that are often underrated. Gabrielle Wang, Wendy Orr, Pamela Rushby and Alan Tucker discuss with Felicity Pulman why CYA novels pose challenges not faced by authors of adult historical fiction.

More info: hnsa.org.au/conference/programme/



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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Dragonfly Song, a novel in free verse and prose of an outcast girl who becomes a bull-leaper in Bronze Age Crete. Read full bio