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Kim looks at her most recent novel ‘When the Lyrebird Calls’ and the history behind its creation. She covers the historical aspects of this time slip novel – Australia’s federation and the fight for suffrage which she first encountered through her study of Constitutional Law at university. Kim then goes on to look at timeslip novels themselves, why they are the perfect vehicle to learn about the past, and the pitfalls of committing to an historical novel.
A feisty, feminist and fun session most well suited to year 7s.
Kim looks at her popular first reading series Ginger Green, Play Date Queen. Kim looks at how she came to write this series, the children whose stories she channels, and how authors take something real and make it fantastical. Kim then looks at why she chose a fox as a character. Finally, the children look […]
This session looks at some of the decision making processes behind two picture books, including where Kim’s ideas come from. The session then looks at the different processes behind the creation of a junior fiction series.
In this session, Kim uses her four picture books to discuss the process of publishing, including an explanation of the role of the editor, publisher, illustrator and graphic designer. For those students studying picture books this session can be tailored to include some helpful tips about creating their own picture books. This workshop has been […]
This session revolves around three of Kim’s picture books – Esther’s Rainbow, The Vegetable Ark and The Unexpected Crocodile – and includes an engaging mix of songs, stories and discussion of how writers are weavers who incorporate threads from their lives into their work. The presentation is on Powerpoint, and includes a reading of the […]