Recently, Bialik welcomed five Australian authors and one illustrator to our Library as part of their YABBA (Young Australians Best Book Awards) book tour (http://yabba.org.au/).
Students in Years 4, 5 and 6 had the opportunity to listen to and be inspired by their stories, their inspiration to write and draw and some interesting insights into their lives as authors and illustrators.
The special guests included Tim Harris (Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables, Exploding Endings), Belinda Murrell (Pippa’s Island, Lulu Bell’s, The Timeslip Series), George Ivanoff (You Choose, RFDS Series), R.A. Spratt (Pesky Kids, Friday Barnes, Nanny Piggins), Tristan Bancks (My Life & other Stuff I Made Up, Mac Slater, The Fall) and illustrator James Hart.
The guests shared their journeys of producing a story, the many stages that they have to go through to create a book and how inspiration can come from everyday things. Author R.A Spratt mentioned gleaning inspiration from her two daughters arguing in the morning before school! Tim Harris spoke about how he loves looking at whole school photos, imagining what students would be thinking, feeling or doing.
Our students also had the opportunity to meet the authors and illustrator, have their books signed and even shared some of their own drawings.
All the visitors were very entertaining and loved having a special space in the library to sit to meet and greet students during lunchtime.
Illustrator James Hart demonstrated his incredible drawing skills by creating a unique drawing while author George Ivanoff read from his book. George also showed us the incredible way he designs and creates his ‘you choose’ series: he uses sticky notes and arrows drawn back and forth between these sticky notes. George also shared how he creates a playlist of music to set the mood whilst he writes.
Author Tristan Bancks shared how he uses photographs of places he visits to add to his inspiration whilst working on his next story.
We look forward to organising more events like this in the future.
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