Posted on November 22, 2011 by Rhondda
At a recent SLAV conference I was fortunate to hear Alison Lester speak about her latest book One Small Island (Penguin).
Alison engaged in a conversation with Laura Harris of Penguin Books to help us understand the inspiration behind her career as an illustrator and author. It followed very neatly from a presentation by Sue McKerracher who spoke about the National Year of Reading (NYOR). Alison is an ambassador for NYOR and her book Are we there yet? is the feature book for the 2012 National Year of Reading. Her discussion with Laura focussed the book she wrote in collaboration with Coral Tulloch One small island and a very special preview at her forthcoming title Sally Scott goes south.
The picture book One small island was written by Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch. Together they bring the history of this amazing speck of land called Macquarie Island found in the vastness of Southern Ocean between Australia/New Zealand and Antarctica to life. It is the story of how this remote and precious World Heritage Site has been affected by human interference. The island has a unique ecosystem and humans have caused a lot of damage since the island was first visited by humans. Today there is a battle being fought to restore it.
The beautiful illustrations in the picture book were put up on a large screen in the auditorium for us to admire and they were very eloquent. We all left the session wanting to buy a copy of the book and all of us are very interested in what will become of Macquarie Island.
If you want to hear Alison talking about the book herself you can go to ABC Radio National’s Life Matters site where, on the 1st of August, they aired a great interview with her about Macquarie Island and her book.
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Posted on November 17, 2010 by Rhondda
Sitting at home I have had time to listen to the Radio National Book Show, Yesterday (Tues 16th) there was a discussion by Andy Griffiths about Roald Dahl. The podcast is now up and you can listen to the recording of the session. This is the 20th anniversary of the death of the wonderful English (Welsh) storyteller Roald Dahl and Andy Griffiths talks about the impact of Roald Dahl on his own life and work.
Andy Griffiths is well-loved by many, especially the boys at our school. He quirky humour, that appeals to all children, especially to boys, is not always loved by adults, who seem not to remember their inner child. He has however won many awards and recently was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award for children’s fiction for Just Macbeth, his adaptation of Shakespeare’s play. This was a great way to introduce the Macbeth story to younger children and was a lot of fun.
The latest book by Andy we bought into the library this year was The very bad book. When the first one (The bad book ) came out a few years ago there were again adults selling the young people short and wanting to prevent it being sold let alone put into school, due to some of the impossible storylines. Talking about the stories with the kids just brought home how silly it is for adults to assume that the young cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is just fun and silly and totally not real. Some of this is discussed in the podcast and related to Roald Dahl’s writing as well.
Also on The Book Show site is a link to a podcast where Donald Sturrock and Ophelia Dahl discuss Roald Dahl.
Roald Dahl left instructions nominating his daughter Ophelia to write his biography or to choose a suitable person to do so. Ophelia is a trustee of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and has archived much of his work. She chose Donald Sturrock , a former BBC documentary maker, biographer and director, to write the biography. As a young man Donald had made a documentary on Roald Dahl and has also written five opera libretti including one based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. At the recent Times Cheltenham Literary Festival Dahl’s daughter Ophelia and biographer Donald Sturrock discussed the life and times of the great English storyteller.
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Posted on November 3, 2010 by Rhondda
There has always been a steady readership for John Marsden’s Tomorrow, when the war began series. After the publication in the early nineties the initial very high interest levels in this series has settled to remain constant until this year. There can be no denying that a film can breathe new life to a novel as it has done in this case.
The film version of Tomorrow, When the War Began was released in cinemas during the September school holidays, and Pan MacMillan have re-published the series of novels, with new cover designs.
There are obvious advantages for authors to have their novels made into films but in the translation from book format into screen format there will inevitably be some compromises made and that can sometimes be difficult for the author.
This was the subject of a broadcast on the ABC Radio National’s The Book Show on 19th. of October. The discussion by John Marsden about his story being filmed and “put out there’ to a whole new audience makes for a very interesting podcast that can be downloaded for later listening or sharing with classes. The way the characters look and behave in the film, the violence the screen and the visual images of the hitherto unknown enemy are just a few of the items covered by JM in this 17 minute interview. Apart from general interest in the books it would be good for students who are contemplating creating book trailers to hear John Marsden speak about the differences between the two mediums.
Another podcast worth listening to was the ABC’s Life Matters program where author and illustrator Graeme Base discusses the inspiration for his latest beautifully illustrated book, The Legend of the Golden Snail. In this podcast he talks about drawing on his childhood sea voyage to Australia as inspiration for the story about an epic sailing adventure, with some big lessons in life for a boy called Wilbur. If you visit the Graeme Base’s site you will also find trailers for the title.
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Posted on July 7, 2010 by Rhondda
I started to read Melina Marchetta’s latest novel, The Piper’s son, but got caught up with other things at school and other books. Last week, while I was in a country city bookshop, I saw that Bolinda Books had an audio version available so I thought that this was a way I could finally “read the book”. I have quite a few 3+ hour trips to the country and I like to listen to audio or podcasts during this time.
A few days ago I caught up with the Radio National Book Show podcasts and listened to a recording of a session from the 2010 Sydney Writer’s festival. It involved Melina Marchetta and David Leviathan, another author of YA fiction, the latest being Will Grayson, Will Grayson, talking about writing YA literature and their novels.
The description on the site is as follows:
Anger and age: how do you handle the angry young and how do you write characters mature enough to be engaging but not distancing for younger readers? They’re issues that writers David Levithan and Melina Marchetta have been dealing with in their books for more than a decade now.
Melina and David were guests at the recent Sydney Writers’ Festival in a session on the challenges of creating authentic teen characters. An edited version of the session, chaired by Judith Ridge. who is a critic and teacher of Children’s writing”
It was an interesting discussion that ranged from their respective approaches to writing to censorship issues and collaboration with other writer.
If you want to know more about Melina Marchetta and the Piper’s son there is an interesting interview (March 2nd) you can read on Persnickety Snark blog as well as a review of the book written a day before the interview.
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