Book worms and budding writers listen up! The 21st edition of Somerset Celebration of Literature is back from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 March 2014. As Australia's leading children's literature festival, the Festival goes beyond Somerset College reaching the whole community attracting more than 15,000 attendees. This is perfect for anyone who enjoys a bit of reading and writing.
The programme offers a kaleidoscope of events suitable for adults, school students and families. Here's a summary of what's on, but to plan your day, you should go to the Celebration of Literature website to download their full programme. There are various free events and standard author sessions are just $7. Of course, booking is required for most events so get organised!
With more than 30 guest authors lined up, I think you may have trouble deciding which author sessions to attend. Have a look at the short blurb about each author and mark down ones that interest you the most. There are numerous sessions during the festival so you can be sure to find one that tickles your fancy and suits your timetable.
Also don't forget to head to the Festival Bookshop at the end of each author session to get your book signed.
Books and Beyond is giving you the opportunity to be up to date with the digital world. You can learn about the large number of publishing models and formats in the digital realm. These include ebooks, bookish apps, and hyperlinked books.
There are also free community events on the menu. Dave Hartley, co-author of Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team, will run a discussion about his book during In Conversation. Writing Funny focuses on the art of writing humour. And hear how the cultural background of authors Will Kostakis, Shamini Flint, Gabrielle Wang and Wai Chim effects their writing at Being and Belonging.
Bonus Workshops for Students
Loved the author sessions? Here are some extra events for your children to enjoy.
Students aged between 8 and 12 can let their inner artist out at Chinese Painting Workshop as they learn about Chinese brush painting under the guidance of Gabrielle Wang. For the young authors aged 12 years and above The Magic Questions with A.J. Betts will inspire budding writers on how to create characters and stories from everyday scenario. Story Scrapbook teaches students how to gather ideas that aren't just words on paper. I'm talking about videos, images, maps, and other multimedia forms. And Afternoon Brainstorms is a fantastic session for those looking for inspiration.
Kicking off the 21st Somerset Celebration of Literature is the Somerset Alumni Prologue Party. Suitable for the whole family, this free event is full of fun with kids games, buskers, and of course, Australia's best authors and illustrators.
Enjoy a two course gourmet lunch with Robin de Crespigny for Tweed Banora Dental Literary Lunch. As the winner of the 25th Human Rights Award for Literature, Robin will be discussing her book - The People Smuggler.
And the Robina Group Literary Long Table closes out the Festival. Anticipate an outstanding dinner with the highly acclaimed Peter FitzSimons. As the most popular festival event, you will want to purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.