Dear Readers and Writers
A family-friendly morning of reading, storytelling, drawing, laughter and inspiring learning will be a highlight of this year’s TASMANIAN WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL.
On Sunday September 17, families are invited to join two fun, interactive one-hour sessions, featuring international best selling author, Bradley Trevor Greive, Tasmanian children’s writer Nicole Gill, and Tasmanian children’s author and illustrator, Christina Booth.
For this year’s family program, the Tasmanian Writers Centre is thrilled to be partnering with the Children’s University Tasmania—an international program delivered in Tasmania through the University of Tasmania’s Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment.
The Children’s University offers superior educational experiences outside of school for children aged between seven and 14 years. The program has a strong emphasis on experience as a significant learning tool, acknowledging the value of the range of different learning experiences and environments in which children engage.
Each child attending a school that is registered with the program is issued with a Passport to Learning in which they collect stamps until they graduate from the Children’s University. Certificates are presented at annual graduation ceremonies at UTAS campuses. Children choose the activities they would like to participate in, and the learning activities can occur in a variety of environments—anything from sporting clubs and museums to airports and…writers festivals!
The festival’s Sunday morning family sessions have been designated as a Children’s University Learning Destination. Learning Destinations provide high quality learning activities and experiences with a ‘wow’ factor. The activity offered can be almost anything, as long as it connects with Children’s University learning and has realistic links to a university program.
The TASMANIAN WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL family sessions are designed to include the whole family unit, recognising that parents are a crucial part of their children’s learning and literacy journey. Sharing a love of books and reading from an early age does not just bring educational benefits for children, but is a wonderful opportunity for family bonding and shared joy.
As well as these two sessions there will be free activities for children at the Festival’s Book Nook, including readings on the hour during Saturday and Sunday delivered by Tasmanian children’s authors!
And this week we have another competition for you to enter. You could win a double pass to the State Cinema. Enter the competition on Facebook.