Acclaimed Author Phillip Gwynne talks Australian Rules


adelaide cinematequeAcclaimed author Phillip Gwynne is returning to Adelaide in May for a one off showing of the award-winning film Australian Rules (which he adapted from his novel, Deadly, Unna?).

 As part of the Mercury Cinema’s 2016 ADELAIDE CINÉMATHÈQUE season, Phillip will be introducing the film and doing a Q & A after the showing.

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Details here:

https://mercurycinema.org.au/products/our-films/cinematheque/2016-season-1/australian-rules-off-the-record-with-phillip-gwynne/

Whilst in South Australia he will be visiting primary and secondary schools.

Phillip is best know for Young Adult novels, first making his mark with the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Deadly Unna in 1998. Since then Phillip’s books have all received both high acclaim and popularity amongst readers, and he has penned works for all ages. He continues to write young adult novels (Swerve being the most recent), and his adult thriller The Build Up led to an epic thriller series for upper primary students: The Debt. Phillip now has a legion of young fans too, with picture books Yobbos Do Yoga, What’s Wrong Wobbegong? and more.

Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was the literary hit of 1998 winning Children’s Book of the Year and selling over 200,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002.

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Award Winning Author Oliver Phommavanh Visits Cabra


Acclaimed Author Visits Cabra

Today we were fortunate enough to be visited by hilarious children’s author Oliver Phommavanh.

“When I was a kid, I used to be a class clown. I just loved making people laugh. Teachers would tell me that I needed to grow up. But I had a better idea. Why don’t I choose a job where I can act like a kid and make jokes for a living!”

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Year 6, 7 and 8 students were treated to an amazing presentation by Oliver.  He had the students in fits of laughter for over an hour relating the story of his family, his schooling and the inspiration for his writing. 8 Gold were lucky enough to spend 2 Blocks with Oliver in his writing workshop.

Oliver is a young Thai-Australian writer for children. He has featured on panels at the Sydney Writers’ Festival among many other appearances at festivals and writing events as well as in blogs. He has worked as a primary school teacher and now spends his time writing and sharing his writing passion with kids and engaging them with humour. He’s also a stand-up comedian and has appeared on national TV and radio as well as a number of well-known comedy venues such as the Comedy Store in Sydney. His first book, Thai-riffic! was published in June 2010 to critical acclaim, followed by Con-nerd in 2011, Punchlines, Thai-no-mite! and Stuff Happens: Ethan. Visit Oliver at his website: http://www.oliverwriter.com

It is always so very special to be able to invite authors to visit Cabra to inspire, entertain and encourage a love of reading and writing in all its forms. Thanks Oliver!

Oliver is published by Penguin Books. To read a Q & A with Oliver click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Award Winning Author Phillip Gwynne Visits Cabra


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Phillip Gwynne in the Cabra Middle School Library

Acclaimed Author Visits Cabra

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Phillip Gwynne addresses students in St. Dominic’s Hall.

On Tuesday 29 July we were fortunate enough to be visited by acclaimed author Phillip Gwynne. Phillip’s  first novel Deadly Unna? the literary hit of 1998, has now sold over 180,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip won an AFI award. The sequel, Nukkin Ya, was published to great acclaim in 2000.

He has also written The Worst Team Ever, Born to Bake, and A Chook Called Harry in the Aussie Bites series, and Jetty Rats, and has written an adult detective thriller The Build Up, The Debt series, and most recently, the young adult novel Swerve, which was shortlisted for many awards amongst them the 2010 Prime Minister’s Award and the Golden Inky.

Phillip presented four excellent large group talks to students ranging from Years 6-11. It was fantastic to see our students so engaged, listening to a successful writer speak about their work. We are indeed fortunate to be able to offer visits like this to our students and it is such a great way to help us all celebrate Book Week for 2014.

Phillip with Mrs Mills, Ms Sanderson Brewster and Mr Bull

Phillip with Mrs Mills, Ms Sanderson Brewster and Mr Bull. Photo by Spencer, Year 9

Phillip poses with big fan Ahmad, Year 11

Phillip poses with big fan Ahmad, Year 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Acclaimed Author Phillip Gwynne to Visit Cabra


Phillip Gwyne On Tuesday 29th July award winning author Phillip Gwynne will visit Cabra College to help us celebrate Book Week for 2014 .

Phillip is best know for Young Adult novels, first making his mark with the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Deadly Unna in 1998. Since then Phillip’s books have all received both high acclaim and popularity amongst readers, and he has penned works for all ages. He continues to write young adult novels (Swerve being the most recent), and his adult thriller The Build Up led to an epic thriller series for upper primary students: The Debt. Phillip now has a legion of young fans too, with picture books Yobbos Do Yoga, What’s Wrong Wobbegong? and more.

Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was the literary hit of 1998 winning Children’s Book of the Year and selling over 200,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002.

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Richard Harland to Visit Cabra


Author BioAcclaimed author Richard Harland will once again visit Cabra College this Thursday 14th November for a series of talks, to promote his new novel, Song of the Slums. Harland is the author more than a dozen books including the Steampunk novels Worldshaker and Liberator. His new book Song of the Slums is once again set in the alternative historical fantasy world of Steampunk.

Richard’s novels and stories have won 6 Aurealis Awards and two French prizes, the Tam Tam Je Bouquine Award and the Prix Lucioles. Worldshaker was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Literary Award, the Inky Award, and was adopted as a recommended school text by Queensland Education in 2012

Richard will visit Cabra College on Thursday 14th November. Signed copies of his books will be available for purchase at a mere $15. Please see Mr Bull in the Senior Library or Miss SB in the Middle School Library for details.

Check out the Richard Harland Links below for more info on the author.

Complete Bibliography of the author’s work.

Other Steampunk Novels to Consider

Steampunk Overview

Young Adult What To Read Next InfoGraphic


Feel like doing some independent reading but you just can’t decide what to read next? Check out this excellent ‘Young Adult What To Read Next Flowchart’ for some great suggestions. As we are in Australia you can just ignore the “Summer Reading” bit. Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring, Term time, holidays; all great times to do a bit of reading.

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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

Author D.M. Cornish at Cabra


Adelaide author and illustrator D.M. Cornish is at Cabra College tomorrow for a series of talks, book signings and a writing workshop. Cornish is the author of the well received fantasy series, Monster Blood Tattoo originally published by Omnibus Books here in Adelaide.

If you’d like a signed copy of any or all of his three books bring $15 per book to the Book Room. Mr Cornish will be signing his books from 10.30am in the foyer of the new St. Dominic’s Hall.

Click on the links below for a wealth of Monster Blood Tattoo and Half Continent info and resources.

Official Monster Blood Tattoo Site (ANZ),

Author’s Monster Blood Tattoo Blog

Intricate Map of the Half Continent

Monster Blood Tattoo Wiki

Lands of the Half Continent Fan Forum

 Fan site run through Facebook