Moving in the ‘write’ direction

A number of IGS Primary students experienced the Sydney Writers’ Festival at Town Hall earlier this week.

The event provided a fantastic opportunity for IGS students to engage with their favourite authors and be inspired in a fun, educational and interactive environment.

There were four different sessions, plus various opportunities for students to purchase books and have their own books signed by authors.

A highlight of the day was listening to bestselling children’s author Morris Gleitzman introduce the characters of his latest book and their fascinating, unpredictable, heartwarming and dangerous settings.

IGS students also heard from UK Children’s Laureate 2015-2017 Chris Riddell, who described his journey to becoming one of the UK’s most legendary authors and illustrators.

Award-winning Australian author Katrina Nannestad also presented, revealing the inspiration behind her colourful settings and the quirky characters that inhabit them. Katrina then explained that writing a story might be the best fun someone can ever have.

To complete the sessions, English poet AF Harrold conducted a highly interactive and silly session of poems, stories and comedy.

“After the excursion, the students were madly borrowing the featured authors’ books from our library,” said Primary Teacher Librarian Karen McBride.

The excursion sparked curiosity and excitement for our young readers ahead of their Lights OFF Torches ON event in the IGS library on 23 March from 5pm to 7pm. Book here by 21 May.

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