VOICES: Ashlyn Becker, Sasha Templeton and Aidan Downey at the Whitsunday Voices author festival in Mackay.
VOICES: Ashlyn Becker, Sasha Templeton and Aidan Downey at the Whitsunday Voices author festival in Mackay. CONTRIBUTED

Whitsunday voices to soar

LAST Thursday a group of 46 students in years 4-6 from Proserpine State School travelled to Mackay for the Whitsunday Voices author festival. They visited sessions by three Australian authors and an illustrator at the Whitsunday Anglican School.

During the festival students took notes and now they have been tasked with writing an account of their experience.

Aimee Stumer from class 4KL remembers what author Oliver Phommavanh shared about his life.

"He was very funny. When he was little he wanted to be a dinosaur! He has a collection of 529 stuffed toys. Kids in kindergarten called him Mr Pompom. When he was in grade 5 he thought he had the meanest teacher he knew. He is a nerd and loves Pokemon," Aimee wrote.

Ethan Smith from class 5DG met author Michael Metzenthen and illustrator Michael Camilleri.

"David started off as a builder before he became an author. He and Michael talked about their book One Minute's Silence and about writing strategies," Ethan wrote.

Holly Smith from 5/6PH recounted what author John Marsden told the kids.

"John has written the series "Tomorrow when the War began." He showed us how he learned to write in school and he told us how to write from a D-standard to a B. He gets his ideas from his 12 notebooks that have amazing things that have happened," Holly wrote.


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