I saw the very first moment of the official program and the very last by overseeing two tours (Brisbane and Geelong) as well as the Conference, Unconference, Friday Fight Night, the Reception and the Green Room. In that respect, I am your ultimate Reading Matters aficionado.
Come with me now, if you will, gentle viewers*
|Raina showing the real life dental drama behind 'Smile'|
|The very fetching Brisbane|
|Team Brizzy: Raina Telgemeier and Tim Sinclair|
|The most beautiful view I've ever seen from a school|
|Library Captains introducing Raina and Tim to their classes.|
|Tim enthralling the masses with amazing Parkour images.|
Reading Matters has two student days occurring simultaneously. I was in the smaller group acting as the master of ceremonies and chairing panels with Morris Gleitzman and Libba Bray on history and humour, as well as Fiona Wood and Keith Gray on impossible things in YA.
Gayle Forman and Raina Telgemeier also gave presentations on their process to students from grades six to ten.
It was a full house with vibrant attendees, plugged in teachers and an assortment of awesome authors.
|Gayle Forman killing it in front of the students.|
|Then hitting them with the truth...and a lie.|
|Raina showing her entry point into comic world - cartoons!|
|Raina answered questions while drawing (illustrated work behind her.)|
I am horrendous at remembering (or asking) authors for a photo so I'll now use (with permission) Danielle's happy snap from the evening. Danielle is the brains behind Alpha Reader (and the blonde0 and it was also great pleasure to meet fellow bloggers Jess from Tales Compendium (I dragged her around by the hand and introduced her to every one - I am slightly afraid I terrorised her) and Emmaly from Mundie Mums (who is a dream).
|Sarah Howell demonstrating Grimace which is very cool.|
|Is there an app for that? panel with Paul Callaghan, Fiona Wood,|
John Flanagan (standing) and chair Jordi Kerr.
|The caterers used jellybeans as the focal point of their spread - genius!|
|Libba Bray, Garth Nix and Gabrielle Williams - book signing|
|Vikki Wakefield and Zac from Best Friends Are Books|
I was able to chair the 'Action!' panel with Gayle Forman, Raina Telgemeier and Tim Sinclair as the first panel of the conference I also closed out proceedings with 'Unleashing YA' with Gayle Forman, Morris Gleitzman and Keith Gray. I can honestly say I've never been so nervous to be on stage with authors than with that panel.
Friday Fight Night
For a more detailed breakdown of events.
The Green Room
|Gayle Forman, Morris Gleitzman and Myke Bartlett considering the|
famous chocolate bowl.
|My one picture with an author - the magical Fiona Wood.|
|The Centre for Youth Literature team together with the Reading|
Matters author line up. I am the one being kissed by Keith and prodded by Vikki.
|A present from Keith Gray. He was immediately named Keith as was fitting.|
The last leg of the Reading Matters journey was two days working with Geelong Regional Library. It started off with an amazing meal at Jack and Jill's (delicious) and resulted in over three hundred students having time with Gayle Forman, Myke Bartlett and Vikki Wakefield. Let's just say our road trip music was phenomenal!
We also had a public event at the Waurn Ponds Library - a full house - where we met blogger (and Gayle-diehard) Melissa from Book Nerd Reviews. She's documented the evening comprehensively and is also running a competition to win a Gayle book signed....hurry along!
|The middle dish....ostrich in honour of both real and toy Keith.|
|Myke reading from Fire in the Sea|
|Gayle Forman, Myke Bartlett and Vikki Wakfield talking to the smashing|
students from Belmont Secondary.
I have the best job ever.
*I had to drop it. It's been an eternity since I've used a Buffy reference.