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SMART CLASSROOMS: Authors on board for online festival

August 2009

Some of Australia's favourite children's authors have signed on to chat with Queensland teachers and students as part of this year's Online Literature Festival.

The festival, the largest of its kind in Australia, is hosted by the Learning Place and will run for four weeks from August 24 to September 18.

eLearning director Laurie Campbell said this year's event would consist of online interactions, workshops, as well as the popular Online Reader's Cup and a series of book discussions or 'raps'.

'Participants will be able to communicate and interact with authors and illustrators through a variety of different web tools,' Mr Campbell said.

'We are excited to already have authors Jackie French, Andy Griffiths, Carole Wilkinson, Jack Heath and Pat Flynn on board.

'A number of guests from previous festivals will also be back this year having enjoyed their past experiences of interacting with students online.'

Supported by the Brisbane Writers' Festival and the State Library of Queensland, the free festival will feature plenty of text-based chats, quizzes and collaborative project spaces for children aged Prep to Year 12.

'Students across Queensland will have the chance to log into online sessions and ask online guests questions about their work and their careers,' Mr Campbell said.

'They will also be able to participate in online writing workshops, book raps and discover the "story behind the pictures".'

The book raps are based on the Children's Book Council Awards (CBCA) short-listed titles.

The raps and CBCA short-listed titles for the Online Readers' Cup are now available, while a full list of authors and illustrators will be released soon.

For more information or to register, visit the Learning Place's Online Literature Festival webpage.