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Catch up with Holden Sheppard, Rebecca Higgie and Katie Stewart at these upcoming events or get in contact with us to organise your own author event!

Authors are now out and about visiting schools for workshops and talks. Interested in Elaine Forrestal popping in to speak about gold prospecting and her new book Goldfields Girl?, creating art with Katie Stewart for What Colour is the Sea?, listening to Yuot A. Alaak speak about his experience as a child soldier for Father of the Lost Boys or receive a visit from Shirley Marr to talk about old Chinese legends for Little Jiang? Contact us today about booking a visit with a Fremantle Press author or join us for one of the events outlined below.

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Brendan Ritchie, author of Carousel and Beyond Carousel, talks dystopian futures and Beyond the Dark, an upcoming collection for teachers and students

We were lucky to chat with dystopian aficionado Brendan Ritchie about his chapter in the newly released book Beyond the Dark: Dystopian Texts in the Secondary English Classroom (edited by Patricia Dowsett, Ellen Rees and Alex Wharton, and published by the Australian Association for the Teaching of English). Brendan is well positioned to discuss dystopian fiction, with his Gold Inky Award longlisted debut novel, Carousel, exploring a dystopian Perth. The sequel, Beyond Carousel, continues to explore a post-apocalyptic world while raising pertinent questions about our own reality.

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Belle Alderman of the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (NCACL) introduces us to the new free database of children’s books by and about Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Peoples

When you want to find books by and about Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Peoples for your classroom or library, which resources do you turn to? The NCACL has just launched a new database, which they hope will be invaluable to teachers in their search for the most appropriate materials to share with their students.

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Katie Stewart on how to teach critical thinking using her very cute picture book What Colour is the Sea?

The importance of critical thinking has become a common discussion topic in the media in recent weeks. And teachers have long known critical thinking is the basis for progress in learning. In this article, writer, illustrator and former teacher Katie Stewart shows how to use her new picture book, What Colour is the Sea?, to start children on the path to critical thinking. Katie has dedicated What Colour is the Sea? to ‘all the wonderful teachers who encourage their students to discover things for themselves’.

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