Khali St George and Lara Heyman at the Somerset Writers Festival
Khali St George and Lara Heyman at the Somerset Writers Festival supplied

Students inspired by word power

DUNGAY Public School students have been introduced to a world of imagination and storytelling.

Students in years two through to six enjoyed a day at the Somerset Writers Festival on March 18.

The literary-minded students were given the chance to meet acclaimed authors Andrew Daddo, Andy Griffiths, Kate Forsyth, Matthew Reilly and William McInnes.

The writers festival is in its 18th year and celebrates the power of the written text and spoken word with more than 30 authors in attendance.

Dungay Public School

Parents and Citizens representative Nadia Murphy said the students were inspired by the visiting authors.

“The children were entertained with wonderful stories and enjoyed the opportunity to ask the authors questions,” Ms Murphy said.

“They asked the authors and illustrators how they got started, why they chose to do this and what they studied in school.

“The students were very inspired.

“Usually it’s all about becoming a firefighter, but now the kids have realised they can be writers or illustrators.”

Ms Murphy said the students have been studying books and looking at the dif- ferent illustration techniques.

After the presentations and workshops the students explored Somerset College and spent time poring over books.

Ms Murphy said the excursion to the festival supported a strong and ever-developing literacy program at Dungay Public School.

Dungay Public School has a school community of 53 students and is located seven kilometres from Murwillumbah.



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