The USQ Alumni Bookcase Event is set to go for 2017.
The Schedule is up and running and it is advised potential participants book their tickets early for the weekend event. Kicking off on Friday evening 21st July, Opening Night Celebrations will commence at 6 pm, in the USQ Artsworx Gallery. Tickets for are priced at $30 for alumni, staff and students, while the community members can pick up a $35 ticket, for the evening.
If there are no hangovers, presenters will be ready to start the Writers Festival at: the USQ Refectory - 9am in the morning. The all day event is jammed packed with activities until 4pm. The day is priced at $10 for participants and children under 12 years can pop in for free.
There will be a charity screening of the film: 'Don't Tell' at 6:30 pm, in the USQ Artsworx - A Block.
All proceeds are to be donated to the Bravehearts Foundation whose mission is: to prevent the occurrence of sexual assault upon children, in our society. The film details the life of a young woman, sexually abused while attending a prestigious, private school. Based on a true story, this film is a must see. So have a bite to eat and stick around for some awesome film entertainment!
Sunday, the 23rd of July will finish off the event with Masterclasses scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm . Prices are set at $75 for USQ alumni, staff and students and $85 for community members. Get in early, as tickets sold out last year - the week before and is it any wonder...
It was just brilliant!
Whether you're five or one hundred & five, this book can be gifted; or coloured and framed for your own pleasure.
Follow the links to grab your copy HERE Or Amazon.com
Sketa known to her home-town folk of Toowoomba, Queensland as Selina Kucks, stated she was excited to see this book on the next leg of its journey. "I'm tickled pink to see the final result of this next tale and believe readers will be more than happy with the creative flair in which it was published. A lot of hard work, sleepless nights and exhausted days accompany its production."
For Sketa this is the second of five books in the Possum Tales Series, but the sixth in books published to date. Writing the YA novel series 'The Parchment' in 2009, readers were keen to receive its Korean translation in 2010 and the 'The Parchment Tale unfolds in 2012. The third and final book in this trilogy was ticked for publication last year, "but due to particular family issues over the last couple of years, I was never in the frame of mind to complete it", she said.
We wish Sketa all the very best with 'Possum Tales...an Odd Day' and hope you'll show your support on Good Friday, 25th, 2016 for the Amazon release. Go get 'em Sketa!
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Comic bookshops are popping up in the most unlikely of places, alongside arcades that once housed the dying, collector card-game traders. They are again popular and doing a roaring trade. With the growth of the internet and the spread of information across the sphere, budding young artists are now able to turn their artistic hands into making a tidy sum.
"It was always difficult getting artwork out in the public eye, because unless you worked for Marvel, publishers just weren't interested," states Kevin Cartwright. "I know scores of really talented artists who have been drawing for just an eternity and they make nothing from their work. They sit at home penniless, while someone else exploits them and takes the cheque. I think the biggest problem in the past has been not knowing how to get work out there. For some artists they can draw alright, but they are lousy at the business side of things, so they get taken for a ride, so many times. You have to be really tech-savy to survive."
'Possums Tales ...An Odd Day'
written by Sketa
...is in the final stages of completion and is set to hit book-stores and online stores, within just a few short months. With Christmas only around the corner, now is the time to pre-order copies for family and friends - to fill those Christmas stockings.
In this escapade, Milly faces a narrow escape from the neighbourhood bushfire and if it is not for the smart thinking of her loving Poss, she might be stuck in the hollow of her log.
...but you know Poss, he doesn't always resolve things in a logical manner.
Those who think the brain myelination process is finished by the time a child reaches the early age of three years, will be sorely mistaken. Neuronal insulation of electrical connections is propagated as a myelin sheath and it is in the teens years, where we see this process in full swing.
We might think teens have switched off or have even lost the ability of language because they answer via grunts or through few words. Well in fact they have. Teens experience a period where the old, unused electrical connections are being shed for newer, appropriate synaptic connections as they gather and process knowledge. The myelin sheath insulates those needed electrical connections.
If children do not make sufficient, essential synaptic connections at an early enough age, they will run risk of losing connections that are imperative for the establishment of language, reading etc. due to the heavy demyelination process incurred throughout the teens years.
Fixing a school is something we all can relate to as teachers. However, I don't know if he is doing anything different or revolutionary that hasn't already been tried. Schools - secondary or primary are difficult entities to make passive for the sake of learning; how can we get kids on seats and learning, if they have no respect for teachers in the beginning? I am positive there are schools here in Australia that could benefit from his knowledge. What do you think?
How a high-school principal curbed suspensions with a bit of compassion - http://klou.tt/8em3rwpjezgb
February 6th, 2015 saw previous Governor-General of Australia - Quentin Bryce adopted into the ILF hall fame as many wonderful souls gone before her. The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO will work tirelessly to bring about new levels of funding and awareness for indigenous communities across Australia.
"We know that literacy is the key to choice, to income security, to developing potential - and it is the key to an enriching and rewarding life. That is why the work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation is so important," she said.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a not-for-profit charity organisation that has delivered more than 120,000 free and culturally appropriate books to more than 250 remote Indigenous communities and service organisations around Australia. Unfortunately, such communities have no access to books - at home or in bookshops and only 36% of these communities have access to a library.
Books are the first step to alleviating illiteracy across nations. We need your help! Help us help illiterate kids and their families.
Purchase a book, change a life and bring real hope to these communities.
Your contribution will be added to the 120,000 books already supplied to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation fund.
It appears the world of fan fiction has been turned on its end, since 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has entered the world of literature. Do we even call it literature?
Tell us what you think.
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May Briggs is a teacher of many years, an avid children's literacy supporter and a behind the scenes kind of gal.
"The world is just full of great stories yet to be told. Thanks for giving me the opportunity, Sketa."
Selina Kucks - "You are most welcome, May. I'm sure you'll do an awesome job!"