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.

The sessions are:

The World is Great and I Am Small – Bradley Trevor Greive and Nicole Gill
Sunday 17 September, 10-11am, Hadley’s Orient Hotel
Tickets: $10.00 per child accompanied by an adult; $20 for a family (up to 5)
New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive, whose uplifting books have sold more than 30 million copies in 115 countries, will captivate families with his laughter-filled session, The World is Great and I Am Small. BTG will read from his latest book, alongside projected images of remarkable, tiny, and often overlooked insects and animals. Children are wholeheartedly encouraged to come dressed as their favourite bug or creature. BTG will be joined by Tasmanian writer Nicole Gill whose new book, Animal Eco-Warriors, was published earlier in 2017. 

Let’s Draw Too Many Sheep ­– Christina Booth
Sunday 17 September, 10-11am, Hadley’s Orient Hotel
Tickets: $10.00 per child accompanied by an adult; $20 for a family (up to 5)
Tasmanian children’s author, Christina Booth, will entrance children and parents with her hands-on session, Let’s Draw Too Many Sheep. Christina will read a sheepishly noisy bedtime story, before encouraging parents and kids alike to roll up their sleeves and learn how to draw the sheep from her book Too Many Sheep.