BRWF High School Program 2015
The BRWF schools program has been an integral component to the festival since the beginning. In 2014, BRWF reached over 600 students on the Coffs Coast in their schools and at Bellingen venues.
The schools program is part of the Festival’s commitment to promoting literacy and inspiring a passion for reading and literature among the youth of our region.
This year, we are suggesting that schools join together to offer an author visit as a shared experience between neighbouring schools. It both shares the cost and a fun day!
Dates Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June 2015
Full day school visit = $600
For further details and bookings please contact:
Schools Co-ordinator: Christabel Wright
Mobile 0428 244 928
ZOHAB ZEE KHAN
THURSDAY 4TH & FRIDAY 5TH
Zohab Zee Khan has little in common with the dead white male poets students commonly meet at high school. Dressed in high-top sneakers and a flat-brimmed baseball cap, he delivers his lines with the rhythm and physicality of a rapper.
Poet for sale!
Zohab won the APS NSW Slam in 2012 and was a 2014 International Poetry Slam finalist in Madrid and this
year will be performing at festivals around the world. Zohab works on social justice issues with magical
language and electric energy that leaves audiences both entertained and inspired.
Originally hailing from Wagga Wagga NSW, he is the founding director of Zee Poetics, an organisation that
aims to inspire a new generation of poets through performance-based workshops.
Zohab recently had a short visit to the Mid North Coast – comments about Zohab from Coffs Harbour
STARTTS Youth Group:
“I didn’t know I had poetry inside me”
” I loved him, he was funny, loud and expressive”
“can he come back?”
“I didn’t know what to expect. Something opened up inside me”
“I loved that he talked about peace and love”
THURSDAY 4TH & FRIDAY 5TH
In 2014, Felicity Castagna Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction for The Incredible Here and Now, her novel set in Western Sydney. Her work has previously been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literature Awards, the WA Premier’s Book Awards and The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award Felicity Castagna’s work has been produced for ABC Radio National and ABC television. She has been widely published in journals, anthologies and newspapers including; Heat, The Age, The Sun Herald, Island, Wet Ink and Award Winning Australian Writing. She has many years experience in teaching creative writing workshops in schools writing centres and other institutions and also works as a community arts worker, editor and writing mentor.
Michael’s older brother dies at the beginning of the summer he turns 15, but as its title suggests The Incredible Here and Now is a tale of wonder, not of tragedy. Presented as a series of
vignettes, in the tradition of Sandra Cisneros’ Young Adult classic The House on Mango Street, it tells of Michael’s coming of age in a year which brings him grief and romance; and of the place he lives in Western Sydney where ‘those who don’t know any better drive through the….
A free ebook, aimed at writers who are just getting started or who may have already begun: It’s for writers who want to know how to submit to a magazine or literary journal and where to find the right one for their work; writers who need strategies for submitting to writing competitions and a list of ones to choose from; writers interested in blogging and online promotional spaces, writers who need advice on applying for fellowships, mentorships and residencies; …
A traveller becomes a Monroe in the casinos of Macau. An obsessive son of Australians living in Jakarta confronts his strange rituals. A young woman is trapped in the boredom of her father’s ministry in exotic Borneo. A daughter defies her mother and travels to Bali.
On Western Sydney is a collection of writing, artwork and photography that span from the sidewalks of Belmore to the streets of Bankstown to the roads across the Great Western Highway. It is a unique and honest depiction of Sydney’s infamous western suburbs from the people that live and breathe the region. Discover the places, revel in the absurdity, shy away from the dark side, feel the voice and explore the stories…
Samuel Wagan Watson
Samuel Wagan Watson is an award winning Indigenous poet and professional raconteur. Born in Brisbane in 1972, he is of Munanjali, Birri Gubba, German and Irish descent. Samuel’s first collection of poems won the 1998 David Unaipon Award. His fourth collection, Smoke Encrypted Whispers won the 2005 NSW Premier’s Award for the Book of the Year and the Kenneth Slessor poetry prize. Samuel has toured Australia extensively as a writer, has been a writer-in-residence at a number of institutions and has toured New Zealand, Germany and Norway to
promote his work.
Following in the Beat style of his award-winning first volume of Of Muse, Meandering and Midnight , this collection by Aboriginal poet Samuel Wagan Watson sparks with the language of the road and crackles with the chemistry of love.
These poems pulse with the language and images of a mangrove-lined river city, the beckoning highway, the just glimpsed muse, the tug of childhood and restless ancestors.
Honest, powerful and compelling, this new collection from one of Australia’s most recognised Indigenous poets reveals the ways love might go wrong, but, equally, its transformative power to heal and resonate in unexpected ways. Anyone who writes a death threat utilises the same passion that can compose a love poem . . . in the same breath we all have the capacity to smile whilst we are smitten . . . Samuel Wagan Watson
Collection of poems reflecting on growing up and letting go, urban dwellers in love and lust, and the artist and his Murri community. This collection won the 1999 David Unaipon Award for unpublished Indigenous writers.
Happy grandfather, travels, writes for adults and youngsters, mainly history or science. Published by the National Library of Australia (Australian Backyard Naturalist May 2012, another book Curious Minds October, 2012, Big Book of Australian History, 2013). Talks on ABC (RN), translated into 7 other languages. Winner of the W.A. Premier’s Prize for Children’s Literature 2013 and other awards.
In Australian Backyard Naturalist, Peter enthusiastically explores the animals that inhabit the places in which we live, from the furry to
the slimy, the large to the tiny. He keeps readers entertained with stories about his own adventures with Australia’s creepy crawlies and other creatures, as well as collectors’ and naturalists’ stories from the times of first European settlement to recent times.
Australian Backyard Explorer tells the stories of many intrepid individuals who explored the Australian continent in the first 120 years of European settlement. It includes little known explorers as well as the old favourites, such as James Cook, Edward John Eyre, Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills.
Packed with facts about both natural and man-made poisons, from foxgloves and hemlock to rat-killer and lead paints, this book also contains many tales of murder, intrigue and accidental death.
Psst! It’s true! This is the best book on POISONS you’ll ever read!
This book is written mainly for younger readers, though adults will get a kick out of it as well. It is now out and running through the streets, pursued by hordes of pedants, sorry, peasants with torches and pitchforks. I want my readers to come to appreciate monsters and their complex ecology, and how to encourage the better ones to stay around. It was a CBCA Notable book in 2011, and short-listed for the Crichton awards.