Kids Program

Saturday June 12 & Sunday June 13
Umina Beach Public School Hall, Sydney Ave, Umina Beach.

Tickets from $5 + booking fee

Saturday June 12 & Sunday June 13 2021

Central Coast kids and teens will learn what authors and illustrators do, hear amazing stories, ask questions and get creative with hands-on writing and illustration workshops.

Purchasing more than one ticket? Apply the code KIDS at the checkout for a 20% discount!

Program

9:30am – 11:00am

 

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Illustrator Smackdown & Workshop

Join five talented children’s book illustrators for a hands-on session. Participants will get the opportunity to team with the artist and create some competing art. This is an opportunity for children and art students to collaborate with award-winning children’s book illustrators.

Award winning Australian children’s books illustrators attending are Liz Anelli, Dub Leffler, Sarah Davis, Sara Acton and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall.

Suitable for 12-18 year olds.

Art material will be supplied.

Purchasing more than one ticket? Apply the code KIDS at the checkout for a 20% discount!

11:30am – 12:30pm

 

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Poem and Image

Alison Jane Rice

In our rapidly changing world, where preservation issues around flora and fauna have become a priority, rhyming picture books provide us with a fun and fantastic resource to educate children and spread awareness about this topic. In this one-hour presentation, local Central Coast artist Alison Jane Rice, discusses the benefits of “greening” poetry in picture books and introduces us to her diverse cast of foraging flappers and their whimsical way of living life in the sky.

Suitable for all ages.

Purchasing more than one ticket? Apply the code KIDS at the checkout for a 20% discount!

12:30pm – 1:30pm

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Writing about what Matters to Kids Today

Deborah Abela, Susanne Gervay, Sue Whiting. Moderator: Yvette Poshoglian

Authors empower readers and aspiring writers to engage in issues that challenge the world – climate change, fake news and the abuse of power. An important session inciting critical thinking to unlock the past and present, and bring hope and advocacy for a just future. We’re pleased to present a panel for children and families that explores themes of activism and social justice.

Purchasing more than one ticket? Apply the code KIDS at the checkout for a 20% discount!

2:00pm – 3:00pm

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So, what’s the big deal about diversity?

Rawah Arja, Oliver Phommavanh, Kirli Saunders. Moderator: Yvette Poshoglian.

The discussion of the importance of diversity in children’s literature has been ongoing for decades but has become much more visible over the past few years reveals truth and changes the world?

Children are empowered by seeing themselves in books, but also because children’s worldviews are expanded by seeing people who are different from themselves represented in books.

This session will appeal to kids 12 + and aspiring children’s writers.

Purchasing more than one ticket? Apply the code KIDS at the checkout for a 20% discount!

3:30pm – 4:30pm

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Celebration of Country & Community

Kirli Saunders & Dub Leffler

Young people can play an active role in protecting and improving the environment. Proud Gunai author Kirli Saunders and Bigambul and Mandandanji illustrator Dub Leffler invite you to a celebration of Country and community as they share their extraordinary verse novel Bindi.

Bindi was written with compassion for every child who experiences the catastrophe of bushfires in Australia’s newer history, with the hope that we will tread lightly and move with care – channelling the ways of our First Nations Communities to honour Mother Earth.

Purchasing more than one ticket? Apply the code KIDS at the checkout for a 20% discount!

10:30am – 11:30am
Naughty Noodle Fun Haus
5 Broken Bay Rd, Ettalong Beach

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Family Fun Day with Matt Stanton

Matt Stanton

Start your laughing engines with Matt Stanton! Matt gives the inside scoop on Max Walburt, the hero of his mega-bestselling Funny Kid series, and shares his best tips for creating hilarious stories and illustrations.

Suitable for all ages.

Purchasing more than one ticket? Apply the code KIDS at the checkout for a 20% discount!

Speakers

Sara Acton

Sara Acton is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. Her first picture book, Ben and Duck, won the 2012 Children’s Book Council of Australia Crichton Award for new illustrators. Sara lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales with one husband, two children, a mischievous dog and a cat called Poppy, who’s definitely in charge.

Liz Anelli

Illustrator Liz Anelli previously lived and worked in England but now resides in Newcastle, NSW. She has a huge passion for drawing and keeps rows of sketchbooks in her studio. In 2017, her book Desert Lake: The Story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre (written by Pamela Freeman) was a CBCA Notable Book and was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, NSW Premier’s History Awards, the Environment Award for Children’s Literature and the Educational Publishing Awards. She will also publish Dry to Dry with Walker in 2020 (written by Pamela Freeman) and The Biscuit Maker (written by Sue Lawson). Her other picture books with Walker Books include Ten Pound Pom (written by Carole Wilkinson) – shortlisted for CBCA Picture Book of The Year and winner of the Educational Publishing Awards in 2018 – and Maddie’s First Day (written by Penny Matthews).

Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

Marjorie Crosby-Fairall has illustrated over twenty children’s books and has been published internationally. Her books appear on the Premier’s Reading Challenge lists and have been shortlisted and won awards, including the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for her first picture book. Her picture books include The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses with Susanne Gervay, Brothers from a Different Mother with Phillip Gwynne, One Christmas Eve with Corinne Fenton, and The Croc and the Platypus with Jacking Hosking. Her 2020 picture book releases are Say Cheese with Frances Watts (February), Huberta’s Big Surprise with Klay & Mark Lamprell (June), Dinosaur Dads with Lesley Gibbes (August) and Bear in Space, a collaboration with Deborah Abela (July).

Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis is a multiple award-winning illustrator, and associate art director for Walker Books Australia. She won the CBCA Crichton Illustration Award for her first picture book, Mending Lucille, in 2009, and since then has gone on to illustrate more than 40 titles, in a range of styles and genres. She has an Honours degree in literature, and her love of language and narrative underpins her illustration work. With each project she experiments with new ways to construct visual narratives, working across a range of media. Sarah has collaborated with many major publishing houses and commercial clients across Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK. An experienced presenter with a teaching background, she regularly speaks at schools, festivals and universities throughout Australia and internationally. Sarah is also proud to be an ambassador for Room to Read. She is represented by the Gallt Zacker Agency in the USA

Dub Leffler

Dub Leffler

Dub Leffler is a descendent from the Bigambul people of South-West Queensland,  now living on the Central Coast. Dub Leffler is one of Australia’s most sought-after illustrators of children’s literature. As well as an illustrator, Dub is the author of two children’s books and is currently illustrating his 25th title. Dub’s work has afforded him travel to places such as remote Australia, Europe, Indonesia and America, and his illustrations are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Alison Jane Rice

Alison Jane Rice is an award-winning artist, poet & Illustrator based on the Central Coast of New South Wales Australia. Signed copies of her latest picture book Birds Go Boho, inspired by her life on the Bouddi Peninsula, will be on sale during the event.

Deb Abela

Deb Abela

Deb Abela is an internationally published and awarded author of 27 books, including her cranky climate change trilogy, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm. Her family’s survival in WW2 inspired Teresa A New Australian. The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery are dedicated to Deb’s grade 4 teacher, who sparked her love of words. Her picture books are Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero and Bear in Space. Deb’s won many awards but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters.

Susanne Gervay OAM

Susanne Gervay

Susanne Gervay OAM awarded the Social Justice Literature Award by International Literacy Association writes for all ages, tacking the great issues of our time – feminism with Shadows of Olive Trees, disability Butterflies, harmony Elephants Have Wings, bullying I Am Jack books, vision The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses, Heroes of the Secret Underground championing young people.

Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting is a children’s and YA author and editor who has worked in publishing for two decades. Sue was senior commissioning editor and publishing manager for Walker Books Australia for many years before leaving in 2016 to concentrate on her writing. As a storyteller and schools’ performer, Sue has informed, inspired and entertained thousands of kids across the country. She is also a freelance children’s book editor and writing coach, and the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Missing, the award-winning A Swim in the Sea and a number of CBCA Notable Books. Sue’s latest books are The Book of Chance a mystery/suspense novel for readers 10+: and Good Question, a picture book illustrated by Annie White.

Yvette Poshoglian

Yvette Poshoglian

Yvette Poshoglian is the bestselling author of over 30 books for children and young readers. She writes the wildly popular Ella and Olivia series (23 books and counting!), the Frankie Fox Girl Spy books, The Puppy Diaries and has written historical fiction including My Australian Story: Escape from Cockatoo Island. Yvette is an English Teacher and a regular guest and panel host at writers’ festivals and continues to work in schools with both students and teachers in the area of creative writing, storytelling and literacy. She is proud to be an ambassador for the Books in Homes charity.

Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it’s on the page writing humour for kids or on stage as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his passion for writing with kids, using his experience as a primary school teacher. Oliver has performed at various comedy and writers festivals around Australia and Asia.

Rawah Arja

Rawah Arja is a writer and teacher from Western Sydney. Her writing has featured in Arab, Australian, Other, SBS Voices and at the Sydney Writer’s Festival. She has received a fellowship from WestWords Varuna Emerging Writers’ Residential Program, is a member of the Finishing School collective of women writers, and teaches creative writing at schools and workshops.

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and an award-winning international Children’s Author and Poet as well as a Teacher, and emerging Artist. She created and led the Red Room Poetry’s Poetry in First Languages program from its conception until July 2020. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and CBCA notables.

Her poetry collection, Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and FAB Booktopia Awards. She is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). She is an esteemed judge for the Val Vallis Poetry Prize. Kirli is the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.

Matt Stanton

Matt Stanton is a bestselling children’s author and illustrator, with over one million books sold in Australia alone. He is the co-creator of the mega-hit picture books There Is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts and This Is a Ball. Matt launched his much-anticipated middle-grade series Funny Kid, in 2017, which is fast winning legions of fans around the world.

Support our first Festival

As a not-for-profit organisation run with a small team of volunteers, contributions of any size go a long way in enriching the creative culture of our community. The Committee includes local Peninsula residents passionate about bringing the arts to the Coast. We are seeking support from the community to help us create a wonderful and inclusive festival.

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