Skulduggery Pleasant Author Derek Landy Visit a Huge Success

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Acclaimed Irish children’s author Derek Landy ‘s first visit to Adelaide was a resounding success. After brief signing stops in Norwood and Rundle Mall, the Skulduggery Pleasant  author arrived at Cabra College to a rapturous welcome. Around 250 people of all ages packed the newly completed St. Dominic’s Hall to hear Derek talk about his books, his cats and dogs and life in general. His darkly humorous monologue had the audience spellbound resulting in a huge queue snaking through the hall to have a book signed. Hundreds of children and adults alike chatted with the amiable Irish author and posed for photographs while he signed their books, posters, arms and anything else to hand.

Derek  also happily signed a stack of copies of his first novel which will be up for grabs as prizes in our Book Week Champion’s Read dress-up competition this Thursday. Derek rushed from Cabra to the airport to catch a flight to Perth in order  to complete the  Australia and New Zealand leg of his current tour. His welcome visit to South Australia for this exclusive event was thanks to Pages and More Bookshop, Glenelg, his Australian publishers Harper Collins and the Cabra Library and Drama Department Staff.

The event went off without a hitch and both Cabra College and Pages and More hope this is just the first in a long series of similar author events to be held here. It was simply a fantastic start to Book Week in this our National Year of Reading and so brilliant to see this many enthusiastic readers on a Saturday at the School.

Author Derek Landy Visits Cabra to Kick Off Book Week 2012

 Acclaimed Irish children’s author Derek Landy will visit Cabra College on Saturday 18th August to help celebrate CBCA Book Week for 2012. The Children’s Book Council of Australia coordinates this celebration of books and reading which in its 67th year is the longest running children’s festival in Australia.

Derek is best know for his fabulously popular and darkly humorous Skulduggery Pleasant series. He will be at the College for a much anticipated talk and book signing. Tickets, though free are I’m afraid all totally gone. If you have yet to secure one you will just have to read about the event on this blog. Sorry.

Derek is touring Australia and New Zealand at present and makes a welcome detour to South Australia for this exclusive event thanks to Pages and More Bookshop Glenelg and his most excellent publishers Harper Collins.

Adelaide Author D.M. Cornish’s Cabra Visit

  On Wednesday 23rd May as part of National Year of Reading acclaimed Adelaide author and illustrator D.M. Cornish  visited Cabra College. He addressed several hundred students from Years 6-10 during two brilliantly informative talks in the newly opened St. Dominic’s Hall.

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Accompanying his account of how he got started as a writer with dozens of his own intricately drawn illustrations, Mr Cornish held the pupils captivated. Each session concluded with a detailed and at times humourous question and answer session. The author signed copies of his Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy during Recess, posing for photos with excited students. After an invitation-only lunch with lucky pupils Mr Cornish led a unique writing workshop with a Year 10 Extension English class. Students left this session buzzing with ideas for stories, novels and worlds of their own to build. D.M Cornish is the author of the well received fantasy series, Monster Blood Tattoo originally published by Omnibus Books here in Adelaide.

More Monster Blood Tattoo Information, Links and Resources

2012 Creative Reading Prize.

 Got a favourite book? Think everyone should read it? Here’s your chance to convince them – and win! You might not only have them reading it but you could also share in $40,000 worth of prizes. Yet another activity to celebrate 2012 National Year of Reading. This excellent competition allows you to combine two activities that go so well together, reading and writing. So get reading and then get writing. You just might win. More details here.

2012 National Year of Reading Kicks Off

“We read to know that we are not alone.” ― C.S. Lewis

I hope everyone has had a chance to get into the 2012 Year of Reading so far. Holiday reading is a great way to relax and we hope you’ll check out the dozens of new books making their way onto the Cabra Library Shelves in Term 1. In the meantime please take the time to leave a comment with a favourite book or reading quote. I will rotate the best of these on the blog throughout the year. If you’re stuck for a good quote here’s a few good reading quote websites to get you started.

Goodreads Quotes

Quote Garden

Reading Rockets

Get Caught Reading!


To promote reading over the holidays and to give us all a great kickstart to The 2012 Year of Reading we are running a competition, ‘Get Caught Reading’. The idea is to get a photo of yourself reading in an interesting place or situation this holiday season. The best photo (or photos) will win an excellent prize. There will be Middle School, Senior School and Staff prizes so get reading and get snapping. Entries to the Library by the end of the first week of term.