Nick Bland is visiting three different locations in South Australia in September as part of the Get Reading program this year.
Born in the Yarra Valley in Victoria in 1973, Bland grew up on a farm and in the country. Always having creativity in his bones, It wasn't until landing a job in a bookshop that Bland was able to combine his love of cartooning with his love of writing in a rewarding way. Devouring every new picture book that arrived in store, he was beginning to see that writing and illustrating his own books could be his future. He is now based in Darwin where he writes, draws and on his weekends acts as a guardian to Aboriginal boys around the Northern Territory.
He is one of Australia's most loved children's authors and illustrators having published well over ten children's books. Recently, Bland was awarded the Early Childhood Book of the Year Award for The Runaway Hug. During these events he will be leading the reading of his very popular story The Very Cranky Bear so if you've got a cranky little bear, or a non-cranky little bear and want to keep them that way then why not get along and see him at one of these fantastic, and free events.
On Tuesday the 18th of September (hosted by Pages & More at Glenelg and City of Holdfast Libraries) he'll be at the Brighton Library 20 Jetty Road, Brighton from 10am to 11am. The event is free but for booking details please call (08) 8295 2580 or visit the Get Reading Website for more info.
If you're closer to Unley (hosted by Booked at North Adelaide and Unley Library) on the same day Tuesday the 18th of September he'll be at the Unley Town Hall, Oxford Terrace Unley between 2pm and 3pm. Again, the event is free but for bookings please call (08) 8372 5100.
If Wednesday the 19th September suits you better, he'll be (hosted by Matilda Bookshop Stirling and Adelaide Hills Library Service,) at the Coventry Library 63 Mount Barker Road, Stirling from 10:30am to 11:30am and once again it is gloriously free. For Bookings please call (08) 8408 0420.
These events are part of the September Get Reading Program in 2012 The National Year of Reading. Visit the Get Reading Website for information on the program or more writer events.