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Authors coming to a school near you

15 August 2013

Authors coming to a school near you

Inspiration... Author Katherine Battersby and her character Squish Rabbit, coming soon to a classroom near you. Photo: Katherine Battersby

Authors Alison Lester, Jackie French, Pat Flynn, Katherine Battersby and Tristan Bancks are on their way to classrooms across Queensland thanks to the Online Literature Festival.

The festival, which will run from 26 August to 6 September, gives students and teachers the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by some of Australia's most prominent authors and illustrators.

Last year more than 9000 students and teachers from 225 Queensland schools participated in this festival online, including a distance education student in Buenos Aires.

Teacher Michael Rowell said: 'The 2012 Online Literature Festival was a truly unforgettable experience for my Year 7 students at Brisbane School of Distance Education.'

Registrations are now open for the 2013 festival. Teachers can sign up their Prep to Year 12 classes for free 45-minute web conference sessions with authors, graphic novelists, illustrators, poets and digital storytellers.

Dedicated professional development sessions with authors are available for teachers after school. Practice sessions are provided in the week prior to the festival, August 19-23, for teachers who are new to web conferencing or need a refresher.

Participating authors and illustrators include Jackie French, Alison Lester, Tristan Bancks, Pat Flynn, Scot Gardner, Kate Forsyth, Brenton McKenna, Melaina Faranda, David Stavanger, Terry Whidborne, Katherine Battersby, Paul Collins, Sally Rippen, Kate De Goldi, Rebecca Sparrow, Oliver Phommavanh, Steph Bowe, Elizabeth Wein, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Brian Falkner and Robert Hoge.

Author sessions fit perfectly with the Australian Curriculum: English strands of Literacy and Literature.

Authors and illustrators may focus on particular books or themes in their work or conduct collaborative writing or illustrating workshops.

To find out more or to register visit the Online Literature Festival website, which includes links to author websites and literacy resources and activities which could be used with a class before or after a web conference.

Enquiries can be directed to Education Queensland's Learning Place at

The Online Literature Festival is presented in partnership by Education Queensland and the State Library of Queensland, and supported by Brisbane Writers' Festival.

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