Popular Kids’ Novelist Deborah Abela in Residence in Armidale

Published 08 November 2013

Max Remy1One of Australia’s most successful kids’ novelists is taking up residence in Armidale from 11-23 November.

Deborah Abela is the award-winning author of the hugely popular Max Remy Super Spy detective novels, which were included in Angus & Robertson’s Top 50 Children’s Books. She is also author of The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen, and a number of series including the Ghost Club and Jasper Zammit: Soccer Legend books.

Deborah is here as part of the 2013 UNE Writers & Illustrators in Residence program, which has already hosted internationally recognised 3D artist and illustrator, Trent Denham, and popular young adult author, James Roy.

Event organiser, Liz Hale from the UNE School of Arts is thrilled at how successful this year’s program has been, and is excited to be welcoming Deborah to town. “We are very lucky to have had such highly regarded professionals come and be part of Writers in Residence,” Liz said. “Having Deborah here is going to be wonderful, particularly for all the young, budding authors in the region. Deborah is a very popular author, and I am sure there is a lot we all can learn from her.”

Armidale schoolkids will have the chance to attend workshops with Deborah and get some tips on becoming a successful author. She’ll be running workshops especially for schoolkids at NERAM and at Kingstown Primary, and will be ‘in residence’ at the UNE School of Arts for the duration of her stay.

The first public event will be an interactive talk entitled “The Stuff of Writing”, where Deborah will be sharing all the things she wished he had known when she started out and has learnt throughout her successful career.

Everyone is welcome to come along and talk about the basics and essentials and tips and tools of the trade, and there will be plenty of time for questions as well as short interactive exercises. This first session will take place on Thursday 14 November from 4:30 at the UNE School of Arts Lecture Theatre A3.

Deborah has also been kind enough to offer a series of one-on-one writing clinics. If you’re a keen writer and have some ideas or would just like some tips, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

These clinics will be held on Saturday 16 November at the Armidale Dumaresq Public Library from 10:30am-12:30pm. Please make appointments by emailing Elizabeth Hale at the UNE School of Arts (ehale@une.edu.au) and make sure you bring along any ideas you have or projects you’re working on.

All events are free and everyone is encouraged to get involved.

The program is funded by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, and supported by the School of Arts, NERAM, the New England Writers Centre, and the Children’s Book Council, Armidale Branch.

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