It’s happening! In August, my friend Jackie and I trained into Melbourne, to RMIT television studios to record the second episode of a new television series for Channel 31. As the title suggests, each episode features a story.
In our episode (Episode Two), I read my story, ‘There Was an Old Sailor’ and there are songs and activities. It’s just like a storytime at your local library…well except that Tall Ted is the link, rather than your local children’s librarian.
Each episode features an activity that can be downloaded from the website and completed at home.
And now the 12 episodes are ‘in the can’, the show will be shown around Australia via local Channel 31s. It all begins 9.30am Wednesday 8 December.
Our episode is the second one, so if you want to see my first ever television appearance, and Old Sailor, tune in 9.30am Wednesday 15 December!
Visit Tall Ted for more details about Storytime.
Thursday night Pigeons Project held a fundraiser at Trades Hall. The Pigeons Project is aimed at improving literacy and brings together authors and young writers in a collaborative story-writing project over 6 months. This year is the second year and we’re nearing the finish.
Lach and Jenna are hoping to raise enough money to put the stories and some of the letters which travel between the authors and children into a book.
Tony Wilson talks about collaborating with his young writer.
Even the reflections are brightly coloured…
and the bird, the accidentally caught bird…
The First Tuesday Children’s Book Group held its final meeting today for this, its first, year. Over the year we’ve looked at a wide variety of books: current and classic; commercial and literary, popular and obscure.
Without fail, the books have generated lively discussion. Some won over the majority, others polarised the group, with no fence sitters! We looked at poetry, verse novels, gritty realism and fantasy.
Next year we’ll continue much as this year except that at each meeting we’ll look at a picture book, a junior fiction and a YA fiction title. We have identified themes in choosing these books and will look at the way the same theme is tackled at different age levels.
From a personal point of view, I’ve read books I would never have looked at otherwise. Some I’ve loved, others I’ve loved less. But always it’s been fascinating to talk about what makes these books work for some and not work for others.
Highlights in 2010 books for me:
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Willie the Wimp by Anthony Brown
48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls
Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor/Robyn Preiss Glasser
Pastures of the Blue Crane by Hesba Brinsmead
Very excited today as my friend Lorraine Marwood has just won the inaugural Children’s Book Award in the Prime Ministers Literary Awards for her wonderful verse novel, Star Jumps.
Congratulations Lorraine and to Walker Books too.