Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vancouver Writers Festival

The Vancouver Writers & Readers Festival is quickly approaching and I'm thrilled to be a speaker this year!

I'm presenting in an event titled, Magic Between the Covers, featuring picture books for children in Grades K-3. On stage with me will be Margriet Ruurs, author of Amazing Animals (and many other books), and Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, creators of the famous Franklin books. I will be speaking about Watch Me Grow! To read up on our event, please go here.

On a related note, the teachers in our province are in a job action situation and, sadly, ticket sales to the Writers Festival are not as robust as usual. (Teachers and students make up a big part of the audience.) I received a message from Artistic Director, Hal Wake, letting me know that the BCTF has confirmed that field trips to the Writers Festival are still permitted during the job action. Hooray! I am posting part of Hal's message (see below) to help get the word out.

I look forward to the festival and hope to see you there!

Message from Hal Wake:

The Writers Festival Spreading the Word school events inspire students to read by introducing them to exciting writers from around the world.

The BCTF have confirmed that field trips to Writers Festival events are still permitted during the job action. Suggestions regarding the handling of money from Richard Hoover, Director of the Field Service Division at the BCTF are as follows:

  • Principals, if willing, would be able to handle the collection of students' money.
  • If not principals, there may be PAC representatives who would be willing to collect the money.
  • If neither the principal nor parents can collect the students' money, let the Festival know and we will make arrangements to accept payment for the tickets after the job action has ended, when the money can be collected some other way.
  • If all else fails, students would be able to pay for tickets themselves at the event, as long as the Festival has advance notice.

The Writers Festival still has lots of great events with tickets available. Please see below a full list of events with ticket availability. Visit www.writersfest.bc.ca for more information.

For more info, call or email Box Office Manager Allison Sullivan on 604 681 6330 x107 or boxoff@writersfest.bc.ca


Oct 18 (Tues) 10:00 AM Gr. K to 3 Franklin's Birthday Party

Oct 19 (Wed) 1:00 PM Gr. K to 3 Magic Between the Covers


Oct 18 (Tues) 1:00 PM Gr. 3 to 5 Fitting into the Family

Oct 20 (Thurs) 10:00 AM Gr. 3 to 5 Animals Big and Small

Oct 20 (Thurs) 10:00 AM Gr. 3 to 6 Family Follies, Family Love

Oct 19 (Wed) 10:00 AM Gr. 4 to 6 One Third of the World's Population

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