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- author Jackie French

Saturday 29 August 2009

Book Week Children's Seminar

You know those moments in time where you think "is this really happening to me?" In a good way, I mean?

Well, on Thursday, as part of the ACT's Book Week activities, I was one very lucky person to be a featured author to chat with kids one-on-one.

Christine Aldred and I have a laugh whilst signing attendance certificates

The kids attending this Children's Seminar were from all over Canberra - and they chose to come along to learn more from authors and illustrators - an exclusive chatting window, if you will. It was held at Farrer Primary School and featured afternoon tea and rounds of 15 minutes with each of the author/illustrators.

Each author/illustrator spoke about their own work and experience as a writer. Because it's such a short piece of work, I also read Riley and the Sleeping Dragon, and gave the kids a sneak peek at the illustrations for the next book in the series (they LOVED them!).

Many thanks to Rachael Hind (Visiting Author coordinator for the Children's Book Council of Australia ACT branch) for all that she does, and to organizer Julie for such a wonderful experience. It was not only a joy to chat with these very clever kids, but it was such a thrill to meet these talented women.

Author Dianne Wolfer

Author Pauline Deeves

Illustrator Laura Peterson

Author Christine Aldred

Author Ingrid Jonach

From left: Rachael Hind, Christine Aldred, Pauline Deeves, Dianne Wolfer, Ingrid Jonach, Tania McCartney, Laura Peterson