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Day 3: Multi-storied @ Adelaide Convention Centre

Mem Fox and Eoin Colfer

It was an absolutely fantastic morning. The first two speakers were Mem Fox and Eoin Colfer. Both are amazingly funny speakers, and I was so engaged that I wrote very little.

Fox spent much time talking about children’s literacy, and was very scathing about levelled readers, almost always used in primary schools. It was interesting to note that she doesn’t consider levelled readers to be ‘real’ books. She even went so far to tell a teacher to “Bugger the curriculum, give the kids REAL books!”

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Day 2: Multi-Storied @ Adelaide Convention Centre

The opening and welcome was by author, Phil Cummings, who not only shared with us tales of his childhood, growing up in rural South Australia. He also serenaded us with his guitar, singing his song, Take me Back. The song spoke of red dust, and the smell of rain, before it starts to storm. It made me so homesick for my hometown of Kalgoorlie. He told stories of catching tadpoles in his local dam, swimming in the creak when it rained. These are stories of my childhood. And it made me think, just how universal stories like this are, how timeless. While I have never read Danny Allen was Here and Take it Easy, Danny Allen¸(Mr Cumming’s children’s books), I defiantly plan on it. This year, the man who wrote I was only Nineteen turned Mr Cummings books into a suit of songs for the Adelaide Festival, some of which were performed by the Adelaide Children’s choir (?) at the opening. They were amazing!

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Day 1: Multi Storied @ Adelaide Convention Centre

I have never been to Adelaide, so I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived in Adelaide yesterday, for the 2012. And after one day in this city, you know what my biggest impression is? The hills. As a wheelchair user, all I can think is that whoever decided to build Adelaide on the side of a hill was a bloody idiot. You know how most people get sore feet at the end of a long day? I get sore arms.

To kick off the conference was the launch of Roseanne Haweking new book, Mountain Wolf. Normally I don’t purchase books without reading them first, or at least being a big fan of the author already. However, this book is a YA novel, about a tribal Pakistani boy, orphaned by an earthquake, who is sold into slavery in a city brothel. As a Salvationist, this is a very real issue for me. Recently, after Change.org petition, Lindt and Ferrero have committed themselves to eliminating child slave labour from their production line. 

Had an overpriced dinner at a nearby pub, and went back to my room ro watch Glee, and be very successful at not sleeping