The Somerset Celebration of Literature

One of the best things about writing for young people is that you get to be a part of fantastic events like the Somerset Celebration of Literature.

Taking place on the sunny Gold Coast, Somerset has got to be Australia’s best children’s literature festival. I was one of more than 30 authors and illustrators involved in the 2015 event, and oh boy, was it fun – three days of chatting to kids about reading, writing, farting competitions, and Mabel, my amazing talking dog. I also had a wonderful visit to the Mudgeeraba Special School to chat about pirates, detectives and things that go crunch in the night.

There was also a gala party with a free lolly buffet (my 10 year old inner self nearly lost his mind with excitement), a children’s dinner where I got to wear a makeshift fez hat and repeat ‘my name is Judy’ over and over again, as well as what could be the best pop-up children’s bookshop on the planet. And of course, it was great to catch up with a few dozen of Australia’s many talented authors and illustrators.

This is a great festival for readers and writers of all ages, and I’d highly recommend checking it out if you are in the Gold Coast area.

I’d like to give the final word to the anonymous young creator of this charming potato comic posted on the festival notice board – I thought it was too weird and wonderful not to share!


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