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Thursday 19 July, 4pm – 6pm
Pansy Wood Centre, Whitsunday Anglican School
Presented by Susannah McFarlane and Louise Park
This event is a must for teachers, librarians and parents who want practical advice that can be used either in the classroom or at home, to
help students develop their reading skills.
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Friday 20 July, 6:30 pm until late
Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre
The Festival culminates in the WorkPac Literature Dinner, held on the final night of the Festival. This celebratory event provides an opportunity for guests to meet the authors in a relaxed environment, and to be entertained by guest speaker Jennifer Byrne.
Jennifer Byrne started her career in journalism at a young age as a Cadet Journalist with The Age newspaper in Melbourne. At the age of 23, she was posted to California as The Age’s youngest-ever Foreign Correspondent.
"Each July local educators receive a charge of creative energy from the authors of the Voices Festival. The annual LitChat event, formerly known as the Educators' Forum, is undoubtedly a professional development highlight for teachers of language, literacy and literature. Every LitChat over the years has been memorable. Jackie French told stories of pesky wombats. Isabelle Carmody described her writing space in Prague. Mem Fox mastered the 'read aloud'. John Marsden spoke of a school without staff rooms. Carol Wilkinson explained the importance of finding the story in history. Narelle Oliver and Emma Quay showed the importance of the visuals. Morris Gleitzman advocated that even the young be given the opportunity to explore big issues. Andy Griffiths linked laughter to literacy. Each visiting author shared their tips on how to encourage readers and to guide emerging writers and illustrators, but they also gave an insight into the creative process. They reminded educators to provide an environment of words and wonder, as 2016 visiting poet, Harry Laing said, 'to open up a space where students can walk their imagination.'"
Sue Hamilton-Smith, ALEA QLD State Director and Master Teacher, Fitzgerald State School.