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Book Links & StoryArts present an exciting Writing Competition for children aged 10-14!


Write a story based on the 2017 Book Week theme  Escape to Everywhere

Competitions for 10-12 and 13-14 year olds

Do you like writing stories?

Enter the Book Links Writing Competition!

Winners will be announced at the StoryArts Festival Ipswich at a
free public session with Jack Heath on Tuesday 5th September
at Ipswich Grammar School, Darling St, Ipswich commencing at 6pm

Looking for inspiration and some ideas?

Suggested Reading:
300 minutes of Danger by Jack Heath,
The Cut Out by Jack Heath
Escape to the Moon Islands series by Mardi McConnochie

Write a story on an escape theme.  (Limit of 2000 words)

Prizes: $100 First and $50 second,  Books signed by Jack Heath and a photo shoot with him if you can come to Ipswich 5 September, an option for the winning entries to be published online on the Book Links website.

Send your entries to: Book Links Qld Inc., C/- QWC, PO BOX 3488, SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101 or email to info@booklinks.org.au by 1 August 2017

Have fun!

Include: name, address and age of entrant, email address and phone number

Valanga Khoza – School Program – September 9, 2015

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‘You are hilarious!’ A grade one boy yells during today’s session.
‘My name is not hilarious. It is Valanga!’

This little exchange gives you a good idea of the incredible fun the children had with Valanga at the StoryArts festival today.
Valanga brought and played various instruments he made himself. In between singing, drumming and sharing stories of Valanga as a small boys growing up in South Africa without any technology and recounting his first uniform, his first drive in car, and the first time he got his shoes stolen, the children almost cried with laughter and sang along to many songs.
But they also got to experience a little of what it would be like growing up in a place and time much different to their own.
This session was as he promised right from the start:

Laughing? Yes! Boring? No!

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Valanga Khoza was born in the Limpopo province of South Africa and grew up in Alexandra, a black township in Johannesburg and one of the poorest urban areas in the country.
Growing up in a community where many people could neither read or write, music and storytelling became all the more important for Valanga.
Since moving to Australia in 1976, he’s been telling stories and singing songs about his homeland, South Africa.
He speaks about growing up under the apartheid system, which forced him to leave South Africa, and how sharing stories from his homeland through performance and song keeps his culture alive.

Yvonne Mes, Author of Meet Sidney Nolan and Oliver’s Grumbles http://www.yvonnemes.com