2019 Feast of Words

It’s time to write again!!! Not that we don’t write all the time, but the Feast of Words is the time for words and the writing to them to truly shine!

The 2019 Feast of Words, Wednesday 3rd April to Friday 5th April, promises to be another great year to celebrate all things written, with a total of 5 presenters taking students through areas such as performance poetry, picture books, journalism and the writing of narratives. Year 6 students from around the region will be involved in transition activities on the Thursday of the festival.

The Feast of Words dinner for this year will be held on Thursday 4th April at the Acacia Motor Lodge, 6.45 for a 7pm start. All our presenters will be coming to the dinner, so it would be great to get a lot of people from the community coming along and sharing in our great Feast. Tickets are $55 and they can be purchased from Prezzies or the High School Accounts Office. RSVP 2 April for catering purposes.

A visitor to our school for the first time last year, performance poet Zohab Khan is an engaging and exciting presenter with an impressive history as a writer and performer. Known for his ‘slam poetry’, his talent has taken him throughout the world, winning competitions and entertaining many. He will be presenting to Year 10 and 11 students, as well as a smaller group of interested young writers on the final day of our Feast, Friday 5th April.

Kath Dwyer has visited our school on a number of occasions, sharing her prodigious knowledge of picture books with both teachers and students alike. She worked as a lecturer at the Australian Catholic University for over 30 years and is an enthusiastic reader and critical analyst of the picture book medium. Her sessions are always enlightening and arm us all with the knowledge and language to be able to understand and write about picture books, which have been aimed at an adult audience, as much as a younger one in recent years. Kath will be conducting workshops with a range of students from Years 7-11, as well as in-servicing English staff on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th April.

Making her first appearance at our festival, Jessie Davies is a local from Purlewaugh and an exciting young writer. Currently, a feature writer for the ABC Western Plains, Jessie previously wrote for The Land. She will be working with a range of students from Years 7 to 10 exploring the elements of journalistic writing on Thursday 4th April.

Elizabeth Macintosh is a past Coonabarabran High School teacher, who has been spending her recent days focusing on creative writing, attending writing workshops and applying this study to her own writing. She will be working with students from Years 7 – 10 on improving their creative writing skills on Thursday 4th April.

Paul Stafford is a writer of children and young adult fiction, specifically aimed at engaging reluctant male readers. He has visited our school many times, as a part of our Feast of Words or at other times throughout the years, and it is always lovely to have him back with us. He will be running workshops with students from a range of years, focusing on ways to engage readers into their narratives on Friday 5thApril.