The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge and The Arts Unit celebrates Book Week 2017!

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge and The Arts Unit are proud to make available the 20 wonderful author and illustrator videos that first aired as part of BookFest in June 2017. Watch them now, or make them a part of your Book Week festivities at school during August 21-25.

Visit the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge website for more information.

Deborah Abela

Duration:
13:17

PRC Reading Ambassador and much-loved author Deborah Abela discusses what makes a great story, diving into her family’s Maltese history for a new story and how she takes the plunge with her writing.

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Aaron Blabey

Duration:
24:25

Aaron Blabey chats with author and PRC Officer Yvette Poshoglian about The Bad Guys and how he gets his brilliant ideas for his picture books. Plus, take a bonus tour of his TOP SECRET writing studio.

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Lauren Child

Duration:
25:56

UK Children’s Laureate Lauren Child chatted with PRC Ambassador and author Deborah Abela at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival about her picture books and her writing.

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Kate DiCamillo

Duration:
27:19

PRC Ambassador and author Deborah Abela chats with Kate DiCamillo in this wonderful interview filmed at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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Mem Fox

Duration:
27:37

The dynamic Mem Fox talks about her new book ‘I’m Australian Too’ – includes a read-aloud for the classroom.

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Jackie French

Duration:
26:49

Jackie French’s motivational and moving chat with author and PRC Officer Yvette Poshoglian about the importance of reading, books, echidnas and wombats.

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Morris Gleitzman

Duration:
26:08

Morris Gleitzman chats with high school student Charlotte about how he writes, the life of an author and his plans for his next books.

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Jacqueline Harvey

Duration:
38:06

Meet Jacqueline Harvey as she chats with author and PRC Officer Yvette Poshoglian. Jacqueline discusses her beloved characters Clementine-Rose and Alice-Miranda.

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Leigh Hobbs

Duration:
25:43

Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs chats with author and PRC Officer Yvette Poshoglian about some of his most horrid characters. BONUS drawing lesson included!

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Illustrator Battle!

Duration:
50:35

Recorded at the Sydney Microsoft Flagship Store, four illustrators duel it out! Hosted by Joe Cohen and featuring Cheryl Orsini, Matt Stanton, Matt Cosgrove and Jules Faber. There can be only one winner!

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Indigenous Storytelling – Poetry Object with Kirli Saunders

Duration:
23:20

Poet and educator Kirli Saunders presents this fantastic 45-minute session on poetry – get your class to write their own poems about their favourite objects, all in this timed session.

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Jeff Kinney

Duration:
36:13

Jeff Kinney joined us to talk about his new movie and latest Wimpy Kid book. Jeff is in conversation with author and PRC Officer Yvette Poshoglian via skype.

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Belinda Murrell

Duration:
32:57

Belinda Murrell chats with PRC Officer and author Yvette Poshoglian about her timeslip books and love of historical fiction, as well as her new series Pippa’s Island.

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Garth Nix

Duration:
39:36

Garth chats with author and PRC Officer Yvette Poshoglian about writing fantasy, how his books translate around the world and his new book Frogkisser!

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Louise Park (AKA Mac Park)

Duration:
19:45

Louise Park AKA Mac Park is the creator of some of Australia’s best-known kids’ series. Here she talks about her new series D-Bot Squad. Filmed on location at Beachside Bookshop in Avalon in Sydney.

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Oliver Phommavanh

Duration:
26:29

PRC Ambassador and author Oliver Phommavanh’s hysterical stand-up routine featuring his favourite toys. Oliver also talks about how he creates his much-loved characters.

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Yvette Poshoglian

Duration:
26:29

Author and PRC Officer Yvette Poshoglian chats about writing the Ella and Olivia series, why she loves Cockatoo Island, and takes you on a magical tour of her spooky writing residence.

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Judith Rossell

Duration:
24:55

Judith chats with author and PRC Officer Yvette Poshoglian about her love of Victoriana and her books Withering-by-Sea and Wormwood Mire.

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R. A. Spratt

Duration:
37:56

PRC Officer Yvette Poshoglian doesn’t stand a chance interviewing R.A. Spratt. The Nanny Piggins and Friday Barnes author does a reading from her latest Friday Barnes story and talks about why she loves being creative.

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Kate & Jol Temple

Duration:
37:26

What do you get when you cross a pirate’s hat with a man in a chicken suit! Join Kate and Jol for lots of laughs on set at BookFest.

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Frances Watts (AKA Alex Ratt) & Jules Faber

Duration:
22:44

Join the madcap pair as they talk about their new book Stinky Street Stories and their own writing and illustrating backgrounds.

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About The Arts Unit - Virtual Learning

The NSW Department of Education Arts Unit provides students and teachers with highly motivating and engaging opportunities that inspire their creative potential. The Arts Unit delivers programs throughout NSW in dance, drama, music, visual arts, debating, public speaking, reading, spelling and special events.

The Arts Unit’s Virtual Learning Program provides online access to arts education and professional learning, engaging over 200,000 students and teachers annually.

Virtual excursions, streamed events, extensive digital libraries and NESA approved eModules on MyPL ensure learning is relevant, memorable and meaningful.

The Arts Unit’s rich and diverse virtual excursions are available for registration through DART connections and live streamed events can be accessed via the Arts Unit’s Facebook Page and Live YouTube channel.

There are now thousands of teachers registered for virtual learning in the arts and this number increases daily, especially teachers from rural and remote areas.

Contact Us

For information, feedback and resource development please contact:

virtual.learning.theartsunit@det.nsw.edu.au02 8512 1100The Arts Unit Learning Hub website
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