A fantastic opportunity to meet one of the funniest, most versatile and daring of writers for children and young people. I’m a fan from way back, having been transfixed by Two Weeks with the Queen in 1990, so it was a privilege to hear Morris talking about his motivations and choice of themes. I never […]
Penguin and the Lane Brothers – Downstairs Studio Sunday 2pm It’s not every session you find yourself sitting on the floor because there’s not an empty seat in the room. The crowd that filled the Downstairs Studio on a cold Sunday afternoon were treated to an intimate story of the founders of the much loved […]
Older and Bolder: Renata Singer & Melanie Joosten in conversation with Enza Gandolfo A lively, thought-provoking session. Ably hosted by Enza Gandolfo from Victoria University, discussion was generous, wide-ranging and articulate. From different perspectives, Renata and Melanie illuminated numerous aspects of ageing in an era when many of us may live into our 90s. The […]
Nick Gadd (Walking and Writing the Suburbs) Nick spoke without notes about his award-winning blog Melbourne Circle, while his daughter operated the power point showing fascinating photos taken on Nick’s walks around Melbourne suburbs. The audience would call out “I’ve seen that one” or “I used to go to that derelict cinema in the old […]
Sally Rippin (Billy B Mysteries) The hour flew by as Sally delved back into family photos for the sources of her Billy B stories and showed how the book illustrations were arrived at. The children were attentive and obviously enjoying themselves, especially when Sally made them collaborators in devising a spooky ghost story, taking suggestions […]
Fathers From The Edge – The Chamber Saturday 2pm A panel discussion that quickly turned into a cosy chat amongst friends, panel and audience alike. A chat about life and living and loss and laughter and love. Impeccably chaired by Helen Nickas and ably supported by Dmetri Kakmi, Konstandina Dounis and Dean Kaliminiou, this session […]
Andy Griffiths: Grown Up Talk! Rotunda in the West – The Supper Room Saturday 3.30pm A handful of kids were smuggled into this session. They were the luckiest kids in Melbourne. Andy, expertly quizzed by Sherryl Clark, kept us enthralled and entertained without break. Reminded of the exhilaration of horrid stories from childhood and how […]
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