Lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD - - Shirley Way

A MEET and greet with Gayn­dah au­thor Kathryn Apel was the prize for Bur­nett State Col­lege stu­dents at­tend­ing a chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val on the Gold Coast.

Year 12 stu­dent Sab­rina Hodge said the an­nual Som­er­set Col­lege Cel­e­bra­tion of Lit­er­a­ture at­tracted au­thors and il­lus­tra­tors from around Australia – and their read­ers.

“While we at­tended this fes­ti­val we met many peo­ple and au­thors as a re­sult of at­tend­ing their ses­sions and also by a com­pe­ti­tion that (teacher) Mr Pat­tin­son set up for Bur­nett State Col­lege stu­dents,” Sab­rina said.

“In this com­pe­ti­tion you had to find new peo­ple and in­tro­duce them to (teach­ers) Miss Ged­des, Mrs Beasley or Mr Pat­tin­son with­out the per­son’s help.

“As a re­sult of this com­pe­ti­tion we met Gayn­dah au­thor Kathryn Apel.”

This year’s fes­ti­val at­tracted about 30 au­thors and il­lus­tra­tors who pre­sented work­shops and in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions.

“We met Luka Les­son, Kari Gis­la­son, John Ah­ern, Tara Moss and also po­etry fi­nal­ist Sophia Xian,” Sab­rina said.

“We also met three novella fi­nal­ists Rosie McCrossin, Char­lotte Head and Eleanor John­son-Firth.

“Meet­ing all th­ese peo­ple and hear­ing their sto­ries and also why they be­came writ­ers was very inspiring and it was in­ter­est­ing to hear how they came up with their ideas.

“Over­all the Som­er­set Cel­e­bra­tion of Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val was a good ex­pe­ri­ence for those who are read­ers or peo­ple look­ing for in­for­ma­tion on how to be suc­cess­ful writ­ers.”

Other high­lights of the three-day fes­ti­val in­cluded the pro­logue party, a free fam­ily event that ended with fire­works, bowl­ing and laser tag.

Bur­nett State Col­lege stu­dents from Years 10, 11, 12 at­tended with the as­sis­tance of the fes­ti­val’s spon­sored schools pro­gram.

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