We’re on the home stretch with issue 2 of Alphabet Soup – it will be out in mid-February! And we’ve finally put a sample of issue 1 on the website. So if you’d like a peek inside the magazine, go to www.alphabetsoup.net.au.
Have you heard that the State Library of WA has been building a children’s library on their mezzanine level? It’s true! And over the school holidays, children can help create a book sculpture for this new area with artist-in-residence, Graham Hay. For more information, go to www.slwa.wa.gov.au/schoolhols.html where they also advertise other family activities over the summer break.
Visit the Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge website! Information is being distributed to schools and libraries and the challenge starts on 11 December 2008.
Join Sydney Writers’ Festival for School Days 2009!
If you love books, reading and creative writing then Sydney Writers’ Festival’s School Days is an event just for you. This is your very own festival of children’s literature, featuring a handpicked line-up of writers for both primary- and secondary-school-aged children.
This is a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by, and learn from, your favourite writers in a fun, educational and interactive day. The writers will talk about their craft, read from their work and answer your questions. You also have the chance to meet the writers and have your books signed.
The Primary School Days line-up features some of Australia’s best-loved authors for children, Morris Gleitzman, Tristan Bancks, Danny Katz, Mitch Vane and Catherine Bateson, as well as the UK’s ‘Queen of Tween’, Cathy Cassidy.
They will be appearing at Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay on Monday 18 May, Riverside Theatres in Parramatta on Tuesday 19 May and the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith on Wednesday 20 May.
The Secondary School Days program features award-winning UK writer Mal Peet, as well as bestselling Australian authors Isobelle Carmody, Randa Abdel-Fattah, James Roy and Garth Nix.
You can catch them at Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay on Tuesday 19 May, and Riverside Theatres in Parramatta on Wednesday 20 May.
Families and school groups are welcome. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
For full program details and booking information visit www.swf.org.au/school-days.
(Text courtesy of Linly Goh)