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Event: Lit Fest

  • 6-4-2011


The Lit Fest Storylines is an event held to celebrate young adult and children's literature.

Recognised by writers and publishers as the premier literary event for young people in Australia, the 2011 Lit Fest marks the 10th anniversary and is being held for three days from 6-8th April.

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Author Erica Bentel with a class at Lit Fest, 2009

Hosted by All Saints’ College, this literary event gives young people, parents and teachers the opportunity to engage with authors, illustrators and performers from all over Australia in a wide range of workshops and discussions.

Activities include a debate on “There is no future for books in the digital age” with two teams of authors, illustrators, poets and publishers adjudicated by the All Saints' College debating team.

Presenters this year include Alison Lester, author of Magic Beach, Markus Zusak author of international best seller The Book Thief and Felice Arena, co-author of the Specky Magee series.

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Performer, Storyteller, Stilt Walker and Clown, Clare Stace with a boy at Litfest, 2010.

Lit Fest is open to students from all schools across WA and community members. Last year's event attracted more than 15,000 people over the three day event.

Event: Lit Fest 2011 

Date: 6 to 8 April 2011

Where: All Saints' College, Ewing Avenue, Bull Creek WA 6149 

Presenters include:

Alison Lester

Alison Lester, one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors and illustrators with 25 books for children to her credit. The Journey Home, Rosie Sips Spiders and When Frank Was Four are just a few of these.  Her most recent book is Running with the Horses, a story based on the evacuation of the world-famous Lipizzaner horses from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna during the Second World War. 

Felice Arena

Felice Arena is a popular Australian children's author and illustrator, and occasional actor. His books have topped bestseller lists and have earned a number of awards. He is best known for the bestselling Specky Magee series co-authored by Garry Lyon and his Farticus Maximus books - a collection of humorous short stories and comic illustrations. His other books include Boyz Rule and Girlz Rock series as well as Wish, Bravo Billy, Breakaway John, Sally and Dave, a Slug Story, Hey Cat.

Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief. It was released in 2005 and is now translated into thirty languages. An award winning book, The Book Thief held the number one position on the New York Times bestseller list and was still there four years after its release. The Age calling it "an original, moving, beautifully written book". The Guardian: "A novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told". The New York Times: "Brilliant and hugely ambitious...the kind of book that can be life-changing

Norman Jorgensen

Norman Jorgensen is among a strong contingent of Western Australian authors presenting at Lit Fest 2011. Norman is one of WA’s most wide ranging authors for young people, having published Young Adult and slapstick comic novels as well as picture books, including the highly regarded In Flanders FieldsThe Last Viking, illustrated by James Foley, is nearing completion. He is one of only three Western Australians ever to have received the prestigious Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in its sixty five year history.

Brigid Lowry

Brigid Lowry was born into a rather strange but very creative family where she learned to love books. Brigid’s first book for young adults, Fizz, Max & Me (1993) was followed by Guitar Highway Rose (1996) and Follow the Blue (2001).  Spacecamp in 2002 was co-authored by her son, Sam Field.  In 2005, With Lots of Love from Georgia was published and went on to win awards in New Zealand and Australia.  Tomorrow All Will be Beautiful was published in 2007 and Juicy Writing was released in March 2008.  As a poet and short story writer, her work has appeared in numerous publications and broadcast on Radio National.

Meg McKinlay

Meg McKinlay is a Fremantle-based children’s writer and poet.  Her publications include junior novels Annabel, Again, Going for Broke and The Big Dig, an illustrated chapter book Duck for a Day and The Truth About Penguins a picture book, as well as a poetry collection for adults. She has a PhD in Japanese Literature and has taught Australian Literature, Creative Writing and Japanese Language at the University of Western Australia. 

Sally Carbon

Sally Carbon is a sport and health advocate. She has published her third book, I Want to be a Cricketer, co-written with Justin Langer and has more on the way.  Her first book, I Want to be an Olympian was released just prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics.  Over 10 years Sally represented Australia in hockey, enjoying two Olympic and two World Cup campaigns.  She has won more than 30 medals in her time playing hockey, including an Olympic Gold medal, represented WA in athletics.

Information courtesy of Lit Fest Coordinator Kris Williams.

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