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There is a session at the Childrens’ Writing Festival on ‘Creating Fantasy’ by local author Paula Boer.
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EASTER Saturday welcomes the Snowy Mountains Readers Writers Children’s Festival in Banjo Paterson Park, Jindabyne, from 9:30am to 4:00pm.

This is a bi annual event and this year’s festival is proving to be bigger and better than the last with award winning authors and an illustrator presenting literary sessions and workshops on the day. Entry is free.

The Childrens’ Festival is catering for Pre School, Infants, Primary, and Secondary students, under the theme “Animals in Ink and Print”.

It will give the children a chance to meet and interact with authors and be exposed to outstanding children’s literature.

There will be two marquees running sessions simultaneously, one for the younger children and one for Primary and Secondary students.

For the younger children there will be a session by Mark Carthew, award winning author of the children’s picture book “The Moose is Loose”. Mark’s session is titled “Stories and Fun to Tickle Your Tum”.

It will be full of action, rhymes and songs and a sneak preview of his upcoming picture book “Marvin and Marigold, The Big Sneeze”.

Also for the little ones is a Fairies, Elves and Unicorns party beginning at 1:00pm. Dress up your children and bring them along for a party full of games and songs.

At 2:00pm there is something for everyone, “Sandy’s Magic Show”. The magic show was at the last festival and had to be repeated as it proved to be extremely popular.

The sessions for Primary and Secondary students have been designed to give them tips for next year’s short story writing competition, which was very popular and well supported by local students.

There is a session on ‘Creating Fantasy’ by local author Paula Boer and a session by award winning author Sulari Gentill titled “The Most Dangerous Animal on the Planet-honing your killer instinct”, which should really appeal to the older children.

Five authors will combine for a writer’s workshop, discussing developing a theme and different ways to view a subject. Illustrator Mark Horton will present an interactive workshop – “Why Illustrate?”

Mark Carthew closes the day with his session – “Oh No! Where did they go?”

He will talk about using language, illustrations and visual narrative to create imagined worlds and engaging stories.

These are only a few of the authors and sessions participating on Easter Saturday, for more information and the full program go to: www .snowymountainswritersfestival.org

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