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.