On Tuesday 4th May, Rivendell School students and staff attended the Sydney Writers Festival, YA (young adult) writers day. The excursion was open to all students who were part of the Rivendell Library group and those interested in creative writing and hearing from published authors speak about their work. The Rivendell Library team purchased many copies of Gary Lonesborough’s book The Boy from the Mish, and staff and students across the school have loved reading and discussing this beautiful book together. We were so excited for the opportunity to hear Lonesborough speak about his personal experiences and how they informed his writing.
Michael Pryor is the author of young adult fantasy novels including his Ghost Town series. He spoke about the writing process, specifically, tried and true methods for writing an engaging story. We learnt about his keen observations of human traits and how he weaves these into his story.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of our excursion was hearing Leanne Hall speak about her book The Gaps. Leanne spoke of her experiences as a Chinese-Australian female growing up in Melbourne, forging her own identity and following her dreams to become an author. She spoke of personal challenges and tragedy and how these experiences have informed her life and writing and her novel The Gaps. Rivendell has purchased a copy of Growing up Asian in Australia (which features a short story by Leanne Hall) and her book The Gaps for our school library. As our book club initiative has been such a success, we are considering The Gaps as our next book club library book of choice.