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Byron Bay Writers Festival 2010 – Kids’ Marquee

The 2010 Byron Bay Writers Festival (NSW) will host Australia’s best kids writers  in the kids marquee on Saturday 7 August from 9.00am – 2.30pm.

AGES: Kids between 6 and 16

ACTIVITIES: storytelling, activities and an opportunity to meet authors during book signings.

COST: $25 or $20 for members of the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre. (Each Kids Pass accommodates one accompanying adult allowing access to KIDS SESSIONS)

The full Festival program has not been released yet, but discounted Early Bird 3-day passes are now available. The full program will be released on 4 June 2010. For more information, you can visit the Writers Festival website.

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Short Story competition for 8-12 year olds

The Norman Lindsay Festival of Children’s Literature will be held 20 – 21 March 2010 at the Norman Lindsay Gallery, Falconbridge, Blue Mountains.

As part of the festival, there is a short story competition for 6 to 12 year olds. You can find more details, and an entry form on their website. (Lots of books to be won!)

Happy writing!

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Perth Writers Festival Family Day 2010

The Perth Writers Festival program is out!

You can find a link to the program for the Family Day sessions on the Perth Festival website at:

and the program for Family Day special events can be found here:

Our local library had a stack of Writers Festival programs on the counter, so if you’d like a quick way to get your hands on a hard copy, you could try your library!

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Perth Writers Festival Family Day 2010

As part of the Perth International Arts Festival, the Perth Writers Festival will include a Family Day on Sunday 28 February, 9.30 am – 4 pm. It’s free!

The program isn’t available yet, but the Festival 10 website says that the day will include ‘Morris Gleitzman, Garth Nix and Andy Griffiths, Kate de Goldi, Angie Sage (Septimus Heap), Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking) and Mark Walden (H.I.V.E.)’.

The full program will be available in January and you can register to receive a copy if you visit the Perth Writers Festival pages on the Festival 10 website.

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Byron Bay Writers Festival: kids’ events

Join Australia’s best children’s writers at the Byron Bay Writers Festival (NSW) on Saturday 8 August from 9.00am – 2.30pm.

In the kids’ marquee, kids aged 6 to 16 will find authors, book signings, storytelling and fun activities!

For more information about events and purchasing tickets, visit the Byron Bay Writers Festival website. (The festival runs from 7 – 9 August 2009.)

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Perth Writers’ Festival 2009 – kids’ events!

Did you know that the Perth Writers’ Festival has kids’ events? As part of the Festival, look out for Perth Writers Festival Family Day – a free day of activities for children and their parents on Sunday 1 March at the University of Western Australia for ages 1 to 12! You can register to receive the full program of events by going to the Perth Writers’ Festival website. The program is due out at the end of January.

In the line-up of events, there’s even a children’s stand-up comedian – James Campbell – visiting from the UK! This is what the Perth Writers’ Festival has to say about him:

Warm up your funny bones for the world’s only stand-up comedian for children. Think there is no such thing?  Think again.  James’ unique style covers everything from parents to Playstations, why we have hair and what he had for breakfast.  Top quality stuff for children over the age of 6, their parents and anyone
who likes comedy without the rude words.  And there might even be an otter – but probably not.

He belongs on stage  THE NEW YORK TIMES

The best sort of absurdist comedy there is  THE GUARDIAN

I should have given him six stars – just too brilliant  SUNDAY HERALD

My seven-year-old was howling with laughter and so was I  DAILY MAIL

His stand-up has achieved almost holy status – don’t miss   SUNDAY TIMES

James Campbell is a stand-up comedian for children who talks about topics relevant to kids or anyone who has ever been a kid – everything from parents, Playstations and breakfast foods to deeply philosophical questions like ‘why we have hair?’ His show is aimed at children aged six and above, their parents and anyone who enjoys top-quality comedy without the swearing.

James has made numerous appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, including shows in the Ballroom of the prestigious Assembly Rooms (2004) and at the Spiegeltent (from 2005 to 2007) He has performed his Comedy 4 Kids show at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, Hay-on-Wye literary festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Comedy Store (London) and many UK comedy festivals. His largest audience to date is 4000 children at the Royal Albert Hall. James regularly hosts special events for charities and frequently works as MC for the Ulster Symphony Orchestra narrating such works as  Peter and the Wolf.  He completed a highly acclaimed Broadway season at The New Victory Theatre in New York in 2006 and began an extensive tour of Canada in 2007, which will continue in Spring 2008.

James also writes plays, poems, articles and songs.

For more info about James Campbell, you can visit his website: