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.

 

 

 

 

 

Website of the Week: Children’s Book Sequels


children's book sequels This week’s Website of the Week is Children’s Book Sequels. A truly useful site that allows you to search for and identify the sequel to many novels and the next book in the series. The database is searchable by Title, Author and Series Title. It contains an enormous selection of children’s and young adult titles and authors. Check out our ever growing list of websites to help you choose your next favourite book. Just click here.