I regret to announce that Dianne Bates will no longer be appearing at either our Adult or Children's Festivals this year. However, her sessions will go on as planned with some very exciting additions to our list of presenters.
To take Di's storytelling session at our Children's Festival we welcome the wonderful oral storyteller, Lillian Rodrigues Pang. I have been lucky enough to have been in the audience for one of Lillian's sessions and she is a vibrant, entertaining storyteller who is sure to have the children enthralled.
Our newest addition to the Pitch Your Manuscript panel is Judith Ridge. Judith has extensive knowledge of the Australian literary scene, having been an editor, journalist, bookseller and reviewer. She also teaches a popular writing course at the Sydney Writer's Centre and has presented at many writers' festivals including the Sydney Writer's Festival.
Though very sorry that Di can no longer make it, we are delighted to have both Lillian and Judith appearing our Festival.
What a wonderful response we have had to our Children's Festival this year. I am delighted to announce that we are now BOOKED OUT. To those schools who missed out, I wish we could have accepted you all and am hoping that we'll get to see you at our Children's Festival in 2013.
A big thanks to the Principal, Mr Rouland and Teacher-Librarian, Mrs Pandelakis at Grays Point P.S for all their hard work in helping to organise this year's festival and for getting
Jodie Wells-Slowgrove is the founder and of the Sutherland Shire Writers' Festival. She is also a writer, manuscript assessor and teacher-librarian. Jodie's latest publication is a children's fantasy series for Penguin Books 2014, 2015.