A History of the Literature Festival

In 2007, it was decided to hold a literature festival to celebrate reading and writing and the sheer joy of books. While it was initially part of the continuing development of a culture of reading across the College it was decided from the outset that it would be good to make this celebration open to the wider community of the Central West.

The idea was to bring authors to conduct talks and workshops with students.Some students were delighted to have the opportunity to see and hear a favourite author For others, just hearing an author they may not even have heard of before generated much discussion and sent many off to read the works of their new found author.

Seeing children excited about their reading and talking to others about books and authors is truly wonderful.

Literature Festival 2017

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William Kostakis is an Australian author and journalist. In high school, he won the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year prize for a short story called 'Bing Me'. He went on to sign his first book deal in his final year of high school. His second novel, The First Third won the 2014 Inky Awards and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers and Prime Minister's Literary Awards. His latest novel The Sidekicks was released in 2016 and has since been shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards.




Matt Stanton is a bestselling children's author and illustrator. His books are published all over the world and he currently has over a quarter of a million books in print.The Fart Monster series of children's books created with Tim Miller include There is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts, The Pirate Who Had to Pee, There is a Monster Under my Christmas Tree Who Farts, Dinosaur Dump and There is a Monster on My Holiday Who Farts. The Books that Drive Kids Crazy series are created with his wife Beck Stanton, and they include This is a Ball and Did you Take the B from my _ook? He is currently writing and illustrating a middle-grade series to be launched around the world in July 2017. Matt is a regular at the Sydney Writers Festival and has appeared at the Somerset Celebration of Literature, the NSW Writers Centre and countless schools, libraries and preschools, presenting talks on creativity, publishing, motivation and of course his hilarious writing/drawing workshops. .



Deborah Abela (born 13 October 1966 in Sydney) is an Australian author of children's books, most notably the Max Remy, Super Spy series. She has been writing for 15 years. Her book, The Remarkable Secret of Aurelia Bonhoffen, was shortlisted for best children's book in 2010 and was awarded "Notable Book of 2010" by the Children's Book Council of Australia. In 2008, She was awarded the May Gibbs Fellowship for Children's Literature.Awarded the 2006 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Best Book Award.



Louise Park draws from a strong background in Education, literacy and publishing to produce blockbuster bestsellers that include Harriet Clare, Zac Power Test Drives and Boy vs Beast. She has taught primary school children of all ages, trained teachers in literacy education, developed and published successful reading resources to help children crack the reading code, and written books that have ignited such a love of reading in children that she has parents writing to her on a daily basis to thank her. Louise’s books dominated the top ten slots on the children’s charts in 2013 when she held eight of the ten most coveted positions in publishing. She also holds position nine on the prestigious ‘10 best-selling books of all time in Australia’ (adults, children’s, fiction and nonfiction). With total sales over 3 million, Louise writes under her own name as well as the hugely successful pseudonyms: H. I. Larry, Mac Park and Poppy Rose. Find out more about Louise by clicking through the pages of this site.






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