Sydney Writers’ Festival is proud to present Primary School Days 2016. Join us as we bring books to life with one of the most exciting and innovative voices in contemporary picture books Jon Klassen, the mastermind behind the internationally bestselling ‘Tom Gates’ series Liz Pichon, artist, writer and grammar nerd Tohby Riddle, and award-winning author and illustrator Judith Rossell.
School Days is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with their favourite authors, discover exciting new voices and be inspired in a fun, educational and interactive day. In these hugely popular sessions, writers and illustrator perform from their work, talk about their craft and take questions from the audience.
Primary School Days 2016 is currently booked out. Schools are welcome to submit the booking form to go on the wait list.
Dates & Times:
Monday 16 May
Please arrive at 9:30am for a 10am start
Please arrive at 9:30am for a 10am start.
10.00AM – STORYTELLING WITH PICTURES
Hold onto your hats! Jon Klassen, award-winning author and illustrator of best-selling picture books including I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, shares the stories behind his stories, does a live drawing demonstration, and inspires you to tap into your own creativity.
10.45AM – WHAT WOULD TOM GATES DO?
Join Liz Pichon as she talks about her multi-award-winning ‘Tom Gates’ series in this session packed with doodles, fun and much more! Learn how Liz came up with the idea for the books, guess at the caramel wafer trick,
and listen to music from Tom’s favourite band, Dude 3. Plus Liz will show you how to draw in her Tom Gates style.
11.30AM – LUNCH BREAK AND BOOK SIGNINGS
With Jon Klassen and Liz Pichon
12.30PM – THE ART OF GRAMMAR
Go behind the scenes with illustrator and cartoonist Tohby Riddle to discover how he created a full-colour visual book all about the fundamentals of grammar. But, beware! Along the way, you might learn something you’ll never forget.
1.15PM – WHERE IDEAS COME FROM
Judith Rossell uses examples from her work to show you how to create amazing stories and illustrations, inspired by curiosity, imagination and weird images from history.
2.00PM – FINISH AND BOOK SIGNINGS
With Tohby Riddle and Judith Rossell
We recommend students bring their own lunch.
Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book, and This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal. He is also the illustrator of House Held Up by Trees, written by Ted Kooser, which was named a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and Sam and Dave
Dig a Hole, written by Mac Barnett, which won a Caldecott Honor. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.
Liz Pichon is the author of the best-selling ‘Tom Gates’ series, which has sold 1,000,000 books in the UK alone and been translated into 36 languages. The first book in the series, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, The Red House Book Award Best Book for Young Readers and the Waterstone’s Best Fiction for 5-12 year olds. The fourth book in the series, Tom Gates: Genius Ideas Mostly, won the Blue Peter Award for Best Story. Liz has also written and illustrated a number of picture books. She lives in Brighton, UK.
Tohby Riddle is a multi-award-winning creator of numerous well-loved picture books, two cartoon collections and a novel. In his latest book, The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar, he has directed his love of words and pictures to the tricky subject of grammar. By making the book Tohby Riddle wished he’d had when he was learning grammar at school, he might just have created a world first: a visual book of grammar – that is simple, fun, understandable and memorable!
Judith Rossell has been an illustrator and writer of children’s books for over 12 years. Before that, she worked as a government scientist (not a mad scientist, a normal kind of scientist) and also for a cotton spinning
company (that made threads for T-shirts and denim jeans and mops and teabag strings). She has written 11 books and illustrated more than 80. Her books have been published in the UK and the USA, and have been translated
into more than 10 languages. Judith lives in Melbourne with a cat the size of a walrus.
Suitable for Years 3 – 6
$25 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)
Schools – Please download and fill out the booking form
- USE BOOKING FORM OR DOWNLOAD IT FROM THE WEBSITE
All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online.
- SEND YOUR BOOKING FORM TO US
Fax or email your booking form to Riverside Education
Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta, NSW, 2124.
N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward a tax invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking forms.
- RIVERSIDE WILL CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING
Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a non-refundable $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure.
- FINAL PAYMENT
You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 school weeks prior to the performance. We strongly recommend making the cut-off point for students to pay the school and confirm their attendance at around 5 – 6 weeks before the performance or workshop date, giving yourself plenty of time to confirm final numbers. Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.
- FINAL INFORMATION SENT TO SCHOOLS
A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you are attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to running times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.
- ATTEND AND ENJOY!
Seating at schools performances is general admission (unless otherwise specified) and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 minutes prior to your performance.
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