On Friday 2 March Mrs Cross’s Year 10 English class joined her and the Librarian Mr Bull for an excursion to the first Adelaide Writer’s Festival Schools Day. Students were treated to three very different sessions. The second entitled, “Books, Movies, TV, Games” featured two writers from the UK, Robert Shearman and Paul Callaghan. Shearman, though an award winning playwright is perhaps best known for his TV writing credits, including the massively popular episode in which the Daleks returned to the Doctor Who series. Callaghan by contrast has developed as a writer in a very different way, beginning as a video game programmer then shifting into writing dialogue and storylines for many video games including the never-released Doctor Who game.
It was a very lively and interesting discussion between the two writers as they spoke about the way they became professional writers and their reading likes and dislikes during childhood. Students were given an excellent insight into the lives of writers working in the less obvious realms of television and video game writing.