Welcome to the May 2017 edition of CKT
How was your Easter? Did you survive? Can't stand the sight of any more chocolate?
As we bid farewell to the long eared one for another year, let’s see what’s happening this May?
This month we are off to the KidLit – Meet the Publishers Festival in Melbourne. The organisers have revamped this year’s program to include workshops intertwined with panel sessions and for those who were lucky enough to secure a critique with one of the many publishers who will be attending.
It’s a doubly exciting month as I will finally get to meet our CKT Assistant, Eileen. Although Eileen has been assisting our members and been an integral part of the CKT team for almost two years, our different locations and personal commitments have made getting together virtually impossible. That is until now! Look out Melbourne, here we come! We’ll be sure to bring you all the juicy bits from our time in Melbourne.
The Sydney Writers Festival gets underway from the 22-28 May. There are a variety of not only local but overseas guests to tempt your creative appetite no matter what your genre. There are loads of free events and don’t forget Family Day on Sunday 28 May at Walsh Bay. For more information visit www.swf.org.au
One of the stars who will be shining at this year’s Sydney Writers Festival is Kate DiCamillo. I’ll be chatting with Kate this month on the CKT Blog. To coincide with our interview, our friends at Walker Books have generously donated ten copies of Kate’s new book, Raymie Nightingale to giveaway. For your chance to win a copy for you and your bestie, pop over to our Facebook page and on the Kate DiCamillo giveaway post, tell us in 25 words or less - What is the craziest thing you and your best friend have done together? We’ll randomly select five winners who will receive one copy for them and one for a friend.
Did you know that the CKT Blog is now our most visited page! We covered a variety of subjects on our blog including Author Etiquette, Independent Publishing, Writing with Abandonment, Writing – work life balance, Building your Author Platform and we also chatted with a few International Authors – Jeff Kinney, Lucy Cousins and Stephan Pastis. This month, I chat with New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo. Kate has sold over 22 million books. Her work has been beautifully adapted for the big screen. I can’t wait to bring you this special interview via our International Author series. Don’t forget to subscribe!
Also, this month readers from all walks of life will come together at various places around the country to participate in the National Simultaneous Storytime on 24 May.
National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 17th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.
This year thousands of littlies will enjoy The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood and published by Scholastic.
Hey diddle diddle
You all know the riddle A cow jumps over the moon... But the moon is very high in the sky.
How many attempts will it take before Cow makes her famous high-flying leap?
You can find out more about the National Simultaneous Storytime here www.alia.org.au/nss
Our Magic, Mystery and Skateboards competition is now closed. We’ll announce the winners in the July edition of Creative Kids Tales. Good luck to all who entered.
Update: Expressions of interest for the CKT Story Collection have now closed! The CKT Story Collection, our first publication will be an assortment of stories and eye-catching black and white illustrations from some of our delightfully talented emerging authors and illustrators.
That’s all from me this month. See you in June. Almost half way through the year already! Can you believe it?