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Children's author Belinda Murrell

Leading Australian children’s author Belinda Murrell joined the gang at St Joseph’s Primary Kingswood for the recent students’ writers festival.

The Year 4 students showed their creativity and became writers themselves by producing many engaging stories, which received the thumbs up from Belinda.  

Belinda has been shortlisted seven times for the Young Australians Best Book Award (YABBA), CBCA Notable List 2012 and 2017 and highly commended in the PM’s Literary Awards.

She provided expert tips for the students during the Year 4 author workshop and was later joined by staff and other students keen to hear the stories of happiness and heartbreak.

Chanel Bastin wrote “Loneliness” about a boy whose parents died when he was a toddler and from that day on he forgot what love felt like. But then he found an umbrella and everything changed. 

Tristan Hientz wrote “The Mysterious Land”, about a boy is stuck on a mysterious island with nowhere to go.  Will he escape or will he not?

Lily Norris-Power wrote about the “The girl who didn’t come back”. She went into the bedroom and the doll was there.  “Wha...wha...what, why are you there doll?” “I will get you…” the doll replied in a low whisper.

Jordan Van Putten penned “The Story of Mew” about a nuclear bomb blowing up in the middle of the experimental chamber.  Will Mew survive?

Keane Quinn created the “Giant Person” in which the hero hopped in his car and saw what looked like a spiderweb.  As the lights flashed on and off, he jumped in the car and he didn’t return. What is going on?

Kimberly Fernandes wrote about “JoJo and the Lion” that has many brave advetures. 

Anaarkali Khan writes about “The Mystical Mermaid”, which is about a little girl that turns into a mermaid.  But sadly something happens, something dreadful!

Stephanie Boateng’s story is titled “Oh No!”. Actress and superstar JoJo can’t hear her ringtone and realises her mobile phone missing.  Why is this happening?

And Skye McAuely wrote “Magic”, about a Pink Lady who needs her family more than ever to help get her out of this mess.

Parents attended the writers festival later in the afternoon and were very impressed.

Michelle McAuley said: “I think this brilliant.  I know that Skye has been really excited to be able to write the books, print them, do the illustrations. I think it’s brilliant!  I’m sure all the other kids feel the exact same way.”

Sylvia Hientz said the stories and creativity was amazing. “Coming from an avid reader, it’s lovely.”

Patricia Peek was overwhelmed by the writing talent on display. “I love it, yeah we’re such avid readers at home so I always want to encourage it.  It’s fantastic!”
Posted By CathEd Parra at 14/11/2017 3:08:38 PM

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