UNE Writers and Illustrators in Residence 2013

Published 17 September 2013

James RoyHave you ever thought about writing or illustrating a children’s book? Or are you someone who loves all things creative and imaginative? Well, here is your chance to meet and learn from well-known experts in the field.

The School of Arts at UNE is hosting its Children’s Writers and Illustrators in Residence program again this year, with three two-week residencies getting under way shortly.  James Roy, Trent Denham, and Deborah Abela will be visiting from September to November, working on new projects, and running workshops and other public events for writers and illustrators in the region.

The first visiting novelist is James Roy, who will be in Armidale from 14-28 September. James has received major awards such as the Premier’s Award for Anonymity Jones and the NSW Premier’s Award for Town.

James will be holding two workshops while he is in town. The first workshop will be Finding the Story You Simply Must Tell which will involve a series of exercise to help you unearth the story that’s burning to be told! This workshop, which includes the public talk to follow, will take place at NERAM on Saturday 21 September at 2pm-4pm and costs $20 per person.

The second workshop is a perfect holiday activity for school kids from senior primary to junior secondary. How to Tell the Perfect Lie will bring out the creative storyteller in kids, and James will be using the NERAM collections as inspiration for stories. The workshop is at NERAM on Tuesday 24 September from 10am-12pm and is $5 per person.

Following James’ visit, Trent Denham and Deborah Abela will be in Armidale in October and November respectively.

Trent Denham (14-28 October) is a digital animator and illustrator.  He recently represented Australia at the Bologna Book Fair.

Deborah Abela (10-23 November) has written detective fiction for kids, including the Max Remy Super Spy novels, and is currently moving into steampunk fiction.

Directing the program is Elizabeth Hale from the UNE School of Arts.  “I am thrilled to be bringing creators of such high calibre to Armidale to share their expertise, and to promote the cause of children’s literature in the region,” Dr Hale says.  “We hope that lots of local writers and illustrators of all ages come along to learn more and to share their work.  Last year’s program was very successful, and we hope this year will be even better.”

The program is funded by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, and supported by the School of Arts, NERAM, and the Children’s Book Council, Armidale Branch. Most of the talks and workshops will be held at NERAM.

For more information: http://writersandillustratorsinresidenceune.blogspot.com.au/p/home.html, or phone (02) 6773-3399 or email: creativecommunities@une.edu.au