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LitChat Event

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Thursday 15 July, 4pm – 6pm
Pansy Wood Centre, Whitsunday Anglican School

Presented by Gregg Dreise

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.

Earn Professional Development points and be entertained! (Certificates will be issued at the event.)
Currently a teacher, Gregg Dreise understands the challenges teachers face on a day to day basis to engage students in reading and writing activities. An Author and Illustrator, his popular stories feature Australian Animals and his most recent book, My Culture and Me, shares the beauty of his culture with his audience. An entertaining presenter, Gregg has experience presenting to teachers for professional development purposes.
Bookings are essential. Tickets $40, includes refreshments.
Book online by clicking on this link!
 With thanks to the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association for supporting this event. 

WorkPac Literary Dinner

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Friday 16 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 Saroo Brierley.

When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines.

Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for.

Then he set off on a journey to find his mother...

A Long Way Home is a moving and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit – hope. 


PLUS Enjoy a delicious three-course meal and dance along to the music of popular local band, Stage Five!

Tickets are $150pp.
Bookings are essential.
Call the MECC ON 07 4961 9777 or visit




"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.