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Varuna Children’s Day
Code: SR13  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Children's & Family, Young Adult, Fiction
Friday, May 18 2012 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Ticketed (see details)
Blackheath Community Hall, Cnr Gardiner Crescent and Great Western Highway, Blackheath Venue & Transport Info
Stephen Measday, James Roy, Ursula Dubosarsky, Katherine McLeod, Asphyxia, Paula Dowse, Margaret Hamilton (facilitator)
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Children aged 8+ are invited to explore the outer edges of their imagination with puppetry, sign language, author talks and interactive storytelling.

Join authors Ursula Dubosarsky, James Roy, Stephen Measday and publisher Margaret Hamilton OA.

Enjoy a special event with one of Australia's leading deaf performers, Asphyxia, presenting Hatched – a marionette puppet show delivered in spoken word and sign language.

Marvel at stories told throughout the day by renowned Canadian interactive storyteller and performer Katherine McLeod.

4-event pass to the Friday 18 May Children’s Day $25

Stephen Measday (Australian)

Stephen Measday is the author of 17 young-adult and junior fiction novels. He is currently writing the time-travel novel series, Send Simon Savage. Two of his novels, The News They Didn’t Use and A Pig Called Francis Bacon, were commended as Notable Books by the CBCA. He has been published in Australia, the UK, Germany, Indonesia, France, the USA and South Korea. Stephen is also an award-winning scriptwriter in children’s and adult television.

James Roy (Australian)

James Roy's books for young people have earned popular and critical praise, especially the CBCA Honour Books Captain Mack and Billy Mack’s War, the non-fiction title The ‘S’ Word: A boys’ guide to sex, puberty and growing up and, more recently, Town and the Edsel Grizzler trilogy. He lives with his family in the Blue Mountains and relaxes by bushwalking, taking photos and playing his guitar. He doesn’t like olives very much.

Ursula Dubosarsky (Australian)

Ursula Dubosarsky is widely regarded as one of the most talented and original writers in Australia today. She is the author of many outstanding books, both for young adults and for children, and has won numerous awards for excellence. In 2007 The Red Shoe won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, the NSW State Literary Award (Young Adult), and was an Honour Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Award (Older Readers). Ursula has a PhD in English literature from Macquarie University. She lives in Sydney with her family.

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Katherine McLeod (Australian)

Katherine McLeod is a Canadian storyteller with a unique way of bringing audiences together, charging a space with excitement, anticipation and loads of little surprises. She will be riding into the Blackheath Neighbourhood Centre on her Bakfiets Cargo Bike, all decked out with bells, whistles, props, drums and colourful costuming!

Asphyxia (Australian)

Asphyxia is probably the world’s only Deaf circus performer turned puppeteer. Over the past 15 years she has toured internationally performing trapeze, hula hoops, magic and, more recently, marionette puppetry. Asphyxia spent 18 months designing and building The Grimstones theatre shows. She handcrafted old-world marionette puppets using car bog (!), crafted miniature household objects from junk around the garden and taught herself carpentry to build the sets. The Grimstones book series is based on these shows.

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Paula Dowse (Australian)

Paula Dowse is a drummer turned puppeteer. For 20 years she toured extensively with bands including The Mojos and The Teabags Marching Band. She has recorded more than 10 CDs. Paula has also been musical director for The Women’s Circus and Westside Circus among others. Paula is a qualified Auslan interpreter working freelance for the Deaf community. She has combined her stage experience, interpreting skills and new love of puppetry to perform the role of August in The Grimstones.

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Margaret Hamilton (Australian)

Margaret Hamilton has many years’ experience in children’s books — as a children’s librarian, bookseller, publisher and as a parent. In 1987 she left her position as director at Hodder & Stoughton Australia to begin Margaret Hamilton Books with her husband, Max. The company achieved considerable success and won many awards before becoming a division of Scholastic Australia in 1996. Margaret’s passion for picture books and the world of Australian illustrators has led her to open Pinerolo, the children’s book cottage in Blackheath.

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