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Snowy Mountains Readers and Writers Festival 2017

12th March @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Paula Boer will be running a writing workshop for upper primary children at the Snowy Mountains Readers Writers Festival “Carnivale of Books” on Sunday 12 March at 10am, in the marquee at Banjo Paterson Park, Jindabyne.

At 1:30 she will be joining fellow writers Jack Heath, Mark Carthew, and Sulari Gentill in a panel discussion “Dreaming Big is Fun”.

All welcome!

Time For the Younger Children For Primary and Secondary Students
10:00am Jackie Hosking – Jackie will be presenting The Croc and the Platypus by borrowing the rhyme and meter scheme from The Owl and the Pussycat. An interactive session, especially for little ones. Paula Boer – Writing workshop for upper primary children, maximum attendance of 15. The workshop will centre on developing a story, working through setting, characters, plot and language. Participants will have needed to book in for this session. [email protected]
11:00am Mark CarthewThe Great Zoo Hullabaloo! Join Australian childrens author Mark Carthew in this interactive session packed full of his award winning picture books, action rhymes and songs. Mark’s recent releases include The Moose is Loose! and the first book in a new series Marvin and Marigold: the Big Sneeze. Jack HeathCountdown to Danger. Join international bestselling author Jack Heath for a fast and furious session about how a chronic ear infection turned him into a writer, why blockbuster books are more fun than blockbuster movies, why writer’s block is a myth perpetuated by current affair shows and why Romeo & Juliet is the worst thing ever published!
12:00pm Katrina Roe – Katrina will showcase her picture books, Marty’s Nut Free Party, Emily Eases her Wheezes’ and Same. She will also preview her forthcoming book. This session is most suitable for preschool and infant-age children.  Sulari Gentill – Learn how to use mythology to create new stories from old. From the well-known author of Murder Mysteries and Mythological Hero Adventures. An exciting session for young teens through to adults.
1:00pm Official Opening by Dean Lynch: Jindabyne Lions BBQ Lunch
1:30pm Miss Helen’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Bring along your favourite Teddy Bear or dress up as a Teddy Bear and join in the fun. Songs to sing. Games to play, stories to read, masks to make and treats to eat. Writers Workshop – Dreaming Big is Fun. Join the authors for a workshop session on developing, writing and publishing your stories and anything else you may want to know about story writing. Children and adults alike.
2:30pm  Jackie Hosking – Join Jackie as she presents a poetry session demonstrating how you can keep a meter and rhyme scheme while changing the story. The children will discover similarities and differences between the stories.  Mark CarthewCrazy Characters. Explore book design, humout and word play in visual, spoken and performed texts, including excerpts from Mark’s award winning childrens books. Engage with interactive examples from his books produced in collaboration with UK illustrator Mike poor. Participants will create a Crazy Character.
3:30pm Wendy Neville – Take a walk with Wendy down Tantawanglo Lane and meet all the exciting characters hat live there. Play a matching game while the story is being read. Once again a perfect session for the little ones. Jack HeathCreating Thrilling Fiction. In this fast, frenzied and funny workshop, Jack Heath will give you the beginning of a story. Your mission is to race against the clock to complete it. You’ll learn to manage prickly plots, charismatic characters and sinister settings as you get feedback from Jack and from your classmates. If you’re a writer, a reader or just a bold thrill-seeker, this session is for you!
4:30pm Close




Final program 2017
Paula Boer

About the presenter: Paula Boer

Badja NSW 2630

Paula Boer started her lifelong love of horses when she first rode a pony on a ranch in Canada, aged 7. On moving to England at age 9, she commenced weekly riding lessons and became hooked. Her horse infatuation led to Paula’s bedroom being filled with toy stables, posters of golden stallions, horse gear and, of course, horse books. Her books included non-fiction works as well as novels, most notably Elyne Mitchell’s The Silver Brumby series.

Paula’s own writing career started at school where she wrote a story from the horse’s perspective for her final English exam. Combining her love of horses with her passion for travel, she raced the native horses in Mongolia, climbed the heights of Colombia on horseback, and competed in Endurance rides around Australia. She claims the best way to experience a country is from the back of a horse.

Although not always on horseback, Paula has travelled in sixty countries on six continents. After retiring from the hectic life of computer consultancy, she wrote her first novel, The Okapi Promise, based on her adventures in Africa in 1990. This fictional memoir was published by IFWG Publishing in November 2010.

From her own experiences of catching and breaking in brumbies, Paula decided to set her next novel in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. The Brumbies series was created, with the first book of five becoming an Amazon ‘Best Seller’ in 2012. The final, Brumbies in the Mountains, was published in January 2015.

Books by Paula Boer

Brumbies in the Mountains

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Brumbies in the Outback

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Brumbies in the Mist

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Brumbies in the Snow

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Other events run by Paula Boer

Unfinished Manuscript Assessment
Paula Boer

12th August 2017, 10am - 3:30pm @ Tura Marrang Library & Community Centre, Tura Beach

Winter Writers Retreat
Paula Boer, Rae Luckie

4pm, 28th July 2017 - 1pm, 30th July 2017 @ Kianinny, Tathra


12th March
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Snowy Mountains Readers and Writers Festival


Paula BoerPaula Boer

Badja NSW 2630


Banjo Paterson Park
33 Kosciuszko Rd
Jindabyne, NSW 2627 Australia
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