Four tanks of fuel,
5 meat pies,
6 choc milks,
2000km of driving,
and 10 million bugs stuck to the front of the car.
These were small prices to pay when I had the opportunity to run 4 youth workshops in the WA Wheatbelt.
In early April I visited schools and youth centres in Bruce Rock, Moora, Wagin and Toodyay. I taught around 100 young people the basics of cartooning, and each student worked on their own one-page comic story.
Students in some of the areas we visited will continue on with comics in school next term, producing longer stories about issues affecting them in their towns. Topics will include ‘bullying’ and ‘a sense of belonging’.
This month, you could win a copy of The Call of the Osprey, signed by the author Norman Jorgensen.
Have you seen a good Viking movie recently? Did you start pillaging popcorn and going all bezerker?
Or maybe you’ve read a cool Viking book lately? Did it make you want to grow a beard, jump in a longship and swing a sword at a sea monster?
To be in this month’s draw, write a review of the Viking book or movie in 25 words or less, then add it to the comments section of this post.
Your deadline is September 28!
The fine print: this competition runs from 7 September to 28 September. Winners will be drawn on 28 September at 2 pm WST and announced on the blog on September 30. To be eligible, blog readers must submit a review of a book or movie, that has Vikings as the main subject. The review must be 25 words or less. Employees of Fremantle Press or their families are ineligible to win.
I was in Carnarvon this past week, doing workshops with Primary and High School students. Thanks to the Shire of Carnarvon for having me, and an extra special thanks to Natalie Whitley, Regional Librarian, for organising the trip.
While there, I met our July Competition winner, Rachel Loffler, who works in the library at Carnarvon Senior High School.
This month, you could win a copy of In Flanders Fields, signed by the author Norman Jorgensen!
Your task is simple- think of a question you’d like Norman or myself to answer, then add your question to the comments section of this post before August 24th.
We’ll randomly select one of the questions, and whoever submitted it will win this month’s prize!
We’ll also select our favourite questions and record a video interview, which we’ll upload at the end of August.
The fine print: this competition runs from 6 August to 24 August. Winners will be drawn on 24 August at 2 pm WST and announced on the blog on August 31. To be eligible, blog readers must submit a question for Norman and/or James in the comment field of this post. Employees of Fremantle Press or their families are ineligible to win.
Hi everyone, welcome to the first of our monthly competitions.
About the competitions
There’ll be a new prize every month from now until April 2011, leading up to the launch of The Last Viking in May 2011. Competitions will open on the first Tuesday of every month, and close by the end of the month.
We’ll set a different challenge each time- you might have to write, or draw, or research. And for the extra big final challenge, you might like to do all three.
The final competition will run throughout Term 1, 2011. We’ll ask you to put together a Viking-related project- and in return you could win a class visit from Norman and I*. But more on that later. What’s this month’s competition?
This month’s competition
You could win ten children’s books from Fremantle Press!
We’re making the first challenge easy on you – to enter, all you have to do is:
b) subscribe to the blog at the link on the top-right.
The winner will be drawn from a Viking helmet, and announced on July 30!
The fine print: this competition runs from 1 July to 29 July. Winners will be drawn on 30 July at 2 pm WST and announced on the blog. To be eligible, students or teachers must either subscribe to the blog, or leave a comment. Employees of Fremantle Press or their families are ineligible to win.
*class visit will be offered if the school is in the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia- otherwise an online session will be offered.
Earlier this year, myself and other local members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) painted a fibreglass cow.
It was an art project for the Cow Parade, which came to Margaret River in March.
The cow features paintings by SCBWI illustrators Matt Ottley, Frane Lessac, Shannon Melville, Sam Hughes, Karen Blair, Briony Stewart and Wendy Binks. The cow also features cover images from books by SCBWI authors.
The finished cow was on display at McLeod Creek Wines during the Parade…
…but is now at the State Library in the children’s Mezzanine section. Stop by and say moo sometime.