School Days is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with their favourite authors, discover exciting new voices and be inspired in a fun, educational and interactive day.
10.00am: WHAT A CHARACTER
Award-winning British author and illustrator, Lauren Child talks about the inspiration for each of her best-selling series and how she creates her amazing stories and characters. Prepare to enter the worlds of Ruby Redfort, Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola!
10:45am: COMPULSIVE CREATIVITY
Matt Stanton takes you through a funny and energetic exploration of storytelling, illustration and creativity. In this highly interactive session, Matt, who is a compulsive cartoonist, invites students to help him create stories and characters, showing them why they have no reason to fear the blank page.
11:30am: Lunch Break and Book Signings
With Lauren Child and Matt Stanton
12:30pm: FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo gives students an early lesson on the power of perseverance and describes her own path to becoming a published author. Kate opens up about how fear kept her from following her dreams for ten years, as well as the countless rejections before she got her first book published.
1:15pm: DANGER AHEAD
Jack Heath, author of action-packed thrillers in which the reader chooses the ending, reveals the secrets behind writing a fast-paced and unpredictable adventure. The story of Jack's strange life will make you laugh and think.
2:00pm: Finish and Book Signings
With Kate Di Camillo and Jack Heath
Supported by Parramatta City Council.
Lauren Child (International)
Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, best-selling writer and artist. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. Lauren has received the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and been awarded an MBE for Services to Literature.
Matt Stanton (Australian)
Matt Stanton is a bestselling children's author and illustrator, with over a quarter of a million books in print. He is the co-creator of seven bestselling picture books, including the mega-hits, There is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts and This is a Ball. His latest book, written with his wife Beck, is The Red Book. He is launching his much-anticipated middle-grade series, Funny Kid around the world in July 2017.