Saturday, January 1st, 2011
“SPOKE” springs eternal
Adelaide Fringe Festival Children’s Writing Panel
‘Face the Future!’
Marquee, Level 2, AC Arts, Light Square, Thursday, 24 Feb, 2011 4-6.00pm

“SPOKE” Word Festival is opening its arms to a magnificent 7 of children’s writers and commentators. ‘Face the Future’ will explore the shifting boundaries of what it is to be an author for the 0-25 year olds, in the age of cross-platforms, reluctant readers and never-ending movie sequels. Up for discussion will be hot topics such as- how important is it for an author to stay up to date with current trends? What makes a good writer? How do author’s gain publicity?

Sean Williams is a New York Times bestselling author and has published over 75 short stories and 35 novels, including co-authoring three sci-fi books Star Wars. His latest foray into children’s writing is the series ‘The Fixers’.

Robert Moore’s first children's book Raspberry Rat was published in 2003 and Map followed in 2004. He has just completed two more junior novels. His first picture book About Face was released in November 2010 with IPad and IPhone apps. Adelaide animators Monkeystack are the illustrators and they plan to transfer the story into an animated feature at a later date.

Shane Bevin is a multimedia designer and animator with a talent for character and story design. He currently is involved with Monkeystack and is working with Robert Moore on About Face.

Rosanne Hawke is the author of over 15 books as well as being a teacher, writing workshop facilitator and a storyteller for children. Roseanne has always been interested in writing, and is a true advocate for carrying around pen and paper to jot down ideas. Spurred on by her children during a 10 year stint in Pakistan, Rosanne honed her writing skills. Her most recent accolade was being awarded the Carclew Fellowship at Writers’ Week, 2008.

Marianne Musgrove is a Sydney-sider who now resides in South Australia. She’s the award-winning author of The Worry Tree, a children’s book about a girl who discovers a worry tree behind some peeling wallpaper. Marianne is also the author of Lucy the Lie Detector. Marianne became hooked on reading in Year Three on an overseas family trip, and this started her on her writing travels. She has a wonderful sense of humour and likes to write from experience.

Vikki Wakefield is a second year professional Writing student at AC Arts who has recently secured a two book deal with text for her YA novels. The first will be launched in February.

Julie Wells is the newly appointed National President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and has many years experience as a teacher-librarian.

Sue Fleming (Chair) is a published writer in a variety of genres and also finds time to jointly coordinate the Professional Writing program at the Adelaide College of the Arts.

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