Won Wron author Vikki Conley hit the road recently to share her work.
Ms Conley travelled to Elizabeth Street Primary School, Moe last week as five local schools came together for the author visit.
Allan Halliwell, the dedicated force behind the Mobile Area Resource Centre, a renowned outreach library van, organised the event.
Ms Conley wrote the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year, Where The Lyrebird Lives. The magic of storytelling was brought to life in two engaging sessions. The sessions, tailored for different age groups, showcased Ms Conley’s passion for literature and her commitment to fostering creativity and love for reading and writing.
In the interactive junior session, students were treated to an immersive story time experience, complemented by a unique rainforest storm body percussion. The highlight of the session was a lively quiz designed to deepen students understanding of the lyrebird and its habitat.
The senior session delved into the world of writing. Conley shared valuable writing tips, offered a glimpse behind the scenes of an author’s creative process and inspired budding writers with ways to come up with story ideas. Ms Conley emphasised the importance of writing about the things you love and encouraged students to draw from personal experiences ranging from picnics in the rainforest to netball to dirt biking.
Reflecting on the event, Ms Conley spoke about the significance of bringing such events to the community.
“Events like these create unique learning opportunities for students,” she said.
“It’s not just about books, writing and spelling. It’s about inspiring a lifelong love for reading, writing and creative expression.”
Mr Halliwell emphasised the value of these unique events.
“It was truly heartening to see the schools come together in this collaborative effort,” he said.
“The enthusiasm of the students was infectious, and I hope that the sessions sparked a love for storytelling and writing that will foster a deeper connection with literature, inspiring the students for years to come.”