The popular writer, who has published more than 30 books for children and teenagers, including Eleanor, Elizabeth, I Am Susannah, and the Hannah series, inspired Year 7 English students during her visit.
The students have been exploring sustainability after reading Libby’s novel Red, which won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Award for Children’s Fiction.
“We have been fascinated and appalled by the disasters around the world,” said Vivienne, Laura and Madiba of Year 7.
“Libby spoke about her book and how her concern for global warming gave her the idea of starting Red with the devastation of Sydney by a cyclone.
“She gave us tips on how to write an enjoyable story and the ups and downs of writing a novel or a picture book. She told us the complications of getting a novel published and having to rewrite her stories many times.
“We are keen to take her advice to heart and improve our creative writing.”
Libby, pictured with Year 7 students, has been a teacher and lecturer and is a regular contributor to national conferences. She chaired the Australian Society of Authors 1999-2001, and in 2007 was awarded membership to the Order of Australia. She is the winner of the 2011 Dromkeen Medal, awarded for contributions to children’s literature.
The acclaimed author is one of a number of highly respected professionals invited to share insights with staff and students at IGS.