Kids Day at the Queenscliffe Literary Festival 2016

Here are scenes from a great day at Point Lonsdale School, where I presented as part of the Queenscliffe Literary Festival. This was my first ever school visit and fortunately the whole event was a confidence booster – Hurrah! I can do it! Without freaking out! Or tripping over small children at the front…! It helped that the group of 100 or so 4-7 year olds was insightful and well-behaved (question from one of the girls in Kinder: “How do you turn your sketches into a book?” – seriously, from a tiny wee KINDER kid…!) – and on a Friday afternoon too.

It was a terrific event overall – well-organised and friendly. I also got to share salmon sandwiches and TimTams with the awesome Mitch Vane and Danny Katz.

Here I am showing the group how I draw the Curiosity from Arthur and the Curiosity. The Curiosity is part dog, part kangaroo, part dragon… and a whole lot of monster of course:

Drawing the Curiosity live ... eeeek

Drawing the Curiosity live … eeeek

And here taking suggestions for a hybrid creature. The class chose three animals – unicorn, crocodile and elephant. It worked out (I hope – there was cheering at least) but I was too excited to take pictures; let that be a lesson for next time, documentation…

Taking suggestions for a hybrid creature from the classes

Taking suggestions for a hybrid creature from the classes

Thank you Point Lonsdale School and all the organisers of the Queenscliffe Literary Festival. It was a lovely day.