THINGS TO DO: Voices on the Coast 2019 - the highlights for kids

04 July 2019

There’s a jam-packed program of workshops at youth literature festival Voices on the Coast this year. Here’s our top picks of workshops for primary kids, that are sure to inspire every little writer and reader.

Dave Hackett

Dave will be entertaining kids with cartooning workshops. His talks always enthral everyone who attends, leaving kids buzzing with enthusiasm.

A beloved cartoonist, children’s author and television personality, Dave has regularly appeared on too many TV shows to mention and has taught his ‘No-Rules’ brand of cartooning for 20 years to over 250,000 children in schools, libraries and festivals all over the world. The author and illustrator of 17 picture books, cartooning books, and novels for all ages, Dave is currently working on his first graphic novel (and, you know, seven other books).

Thalia Kalkipsakis

Thalia will be chatting about two topics at this year’s festival.

Time Travel: Fact, Fiction and Fun. Dive into the mind-bending fun of time travel as Thalia talks about her inspiration behind the Lifespan of Starlight trilogy. Find out why we all live a split second in the past and why looking up at the stars means you’re looking backwards in time. For students from Years 3 to Year 9. 

Get it right from the start. Picking the right point in the action to begin a piece of fiction can feed tension throughout the rest of your story. Learn the ingredients that will set up a tight plot right from the beginning, then apply those concepts to your story as a whole. About the author

Thalia Kalkipsakis is a writer and editor from Victoria who is fascinated by the way that humans use imagination to explore and re-shape the natural world. She has written over 20 books for children and teenagers, including many in the popular Go Girl! series.

Her most recent release is the final instalment of the Lifespan of Starlight trilogy, which follows three teenagers who discover the secret to time travel.

Mark Greenwood

Mark will be tackling all realms of history as he brings stories alive for primary school students. 

Mark Greenwood is a history hunter. His award-winning books, include Jandamarra and Boomerang and Bat, illustrated by Terry Denton. Mark often teams with his wife, illustrator Frané Lessac, to produce titles such as Ned Kelly & The Green Sash, The Legend of Moondyne Joe and Simpson and His Donkey. His recent books include the chapter book series, History Mysteries, and The Happiness Box. This year Mark will publish two new picture books: Moonwalkers, illustrated by Terry Denton and The Book of Stone, illustrated by Coral Tulloch.

Frané Lessac

Frané will be holding workshops on how to create your own picture book. All you need to start with is imagination! Walk in the footsteps of ANZAC animal legends, and go around the world in 45 minutes with talks about cultures and stories from across the globe.

Frané has published over 40 children’s books, including Under the Southern Cross and the highly awarded, We Are Grateful:Ostaliheliga. Frané visits schools, libraries and festivals sharing the process of writing and illustrating books with young people around the world.

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When: 17–20 July

Where: University Sunshine Coast (USC), Sippy Downs

Voices on the Coast is organised by Immanuel Lutheran College, and presented by ILC & USC

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