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22 November 2011 ·

For all secondary and primary teachers, librarians and those interested in promoting literacy: there’s a professional development seminar this Saturday at the RACV club in Melbourne, designed to inform and inspire! 
Maybe I’ll see you at the cocktail party afterwards? 
9.00 – 9.45 Registration, tea and coffee on arrival
9.45 – 10.00 Welcome and Introduction: Susan Halliday
10.00 – 10.45 Keynote Address, Reading Into the Future
Paul Collins, Ford Street Publishing
10.45 – 11.15 Susanne Gervay & Dianne Bates – Panel
Discussion issues-based novels
Moderator: Paul Collins
11.15 – 11.45 MORNING TEA BREAK
11.45 – 12.30 Michael Salmon: Illustration techniques for school
and library.
12.30 – 1.15 Meredith Costain: Creating picture books with
1.15 – 2.15 LUNCH BREAK
2.15 – 3.00 Tony Thompson: VCE Texts/Primary Texts
3.00 – 3.45 Panel Discussion – Sports Books for Boys
Phil Kettle and Michael Panckridge: Moderator
Michael Hyde
3.45 – 4.15 Gabrielle Wang: Discusses the experience of Race
and Culture
4.15 – 4.30 Summary, prizes and close
4.30 – 5.00 Book sales and signings
OPTIONAL – You will be invited as our Guest to us for:
5.00 -.600 Happy hour cocktails in the Gallery Room, also
Story-telling by Jackie Kerin
6.30 – 7.00 Canapés in the Grand Ballroom
7.00 – 9.30 Dinner and Presentation of the Young Australian
Art & Writers Awards
(Your table will be hosted by a leading children’s

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio