Arden Readers Festival inspires budding student authors and illustrators

Posted on August 13, 2014

Arden Anglican School students and staff are eagerly looking forward to the annual Arden Readers’ Festival to be held over the 14th – 15th August, 2014.

Mrs Gabrielle Ritchie, Head of Information Services at Arden shared:  “The Festival is a great way to kick off the celebration of Book Week which promotes the enjoyment and learning to be gained from reading and writing.  Jacqueline Harvey, educator and writer, is the guest speaker at the Literary Breakfast while authors and illustrators Serena Geddes, Gus Gordon and James Roy will be working with all the students in workshops and lectures.  Teachers will dress up as their favourite authors or book characters, always creating much hilarity amongst the students.  The festival encourages our whole school community to celebrate the power of the written word and seeks to encourage an interest in and love of reading.”

Gabrielle continued:  “Arden Readers’ Festival gives well known Australian authors and artists/illustrators the opportunity to showcase their work and enthuse budding writers and readers in both Junior and Secondary Schools.”

Highlights of the week include:

  • Arden Literary Breakfast on Friday 15th August at 7:00am at the Junior School library. The guest speaker will be Jacqueline Harvey, author of two best-selling book series – Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose.  As a former teacher and now author, Jacqueline will have an interesting message for both adults and children at the breakfast.
  • Serena Geddes, illustrator, will address Kindergarten – Year 2 students in the Junior School Library on Thursday 14th August.  Serena spent six years working for Walt Disney Animation in Sydney on sequels to The Lion King, Peter Pan Return to Neverland, Lady and the Tramp and Jungle Book. Over the last five years she has illustrated 25 books ranging from board books to picture books and junior novel series.  Serena works traditionally and even though she is starting to experiment with digital, she still prefers creating with pencil, ink and watercolours.  She is enjoying working on the Lulu Bell series with author Belinda Murrell.
  • Gus Gordon will be working with Years 3 – 6.  Gus studied at the Julian Ashton School of Art.  He illustrated his first children’s book in 1996 and has now illustrated and written over 70 books for children.  He has received many nominations and awards for his work.  Gus’ illustrations are known for their loose, energetic line work, mixed media (most notably collage) and nonsensical humour.  He enjoys the versatility collage offers and is particularly attracted to cardboard, old postcards and vintage engravings.
  • James Roy mostly writes novels for young people.  James will be conducting writing workshops with Year 8 and Year 9 and with the Year 11 English Extension students.  He will also be talking to Years 7, 10 and 11.  James runs great workshops for budding writers with wonderful practical tips.
  • Secondary School staff will be dressing up as their favourite authors or book characters to encourage students in their reading on Thursday 14th August.