Broadbeach Ind Primary School visit…

The Ten Penners Aug16Today we did our final preparations for the Ten Penners visit to Broadbeach Independent Primary School visit tomorrow.

We’ll be there early to start Book Week for the students in Grades 4 and 5.

With a fined tuned Power Point presentation. We should wow our young audience!

Again there will be a colouring comp for the kids to win two copies of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales.

 

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Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon 2016 …

GCW LL group

GCWA-May-2016The Ten Penners were well represented at the GCW Literary Luncheon on Saturday 23rd July, at Southport Yacht Club. In the picture above you can see Marion and her husband Jason, Jill and husband and most of Kate’s head beside me. Jennifer was on another table.

All the members and guests enjoyed the sunshine and stimulating company of guest authors and keynote speaker Madonna King.

The guest authors were Elaine Ouston, Karen Tyrrell, Dimity Powell, Angela Sunde and Brett Alegre-Wood. 

madonna king pic with micGCW LL 2016

The meal was delicious and the everyone enjoyed the day.

Terrific raffle and door prizes were drawn.

Books were signed and sold by the authors. It was a successful day all round.

guest authors GCW LLRobyn and I GCW LL 2016

Madonna and Gavin cutting cakeMadonna spoke about her interviews and writing both memoirs of Ian Frazer and Joe Hockey. meal GCW LL 2016

July is massive…

Vacen Taylor picThe next Gold Coast Writers meeting will be a must go to! On the 16th July at Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads.

Vancen Taylor is the author of the Star Child series. An accomplished script writer also. Being recently short listed in an international script writing competition.

She will be discussing the differences between novel writing and script writing. She will be testing the writing skills of every writer in the room with her micro fiction.

I’ve been counting down the days. The Ten Penners will be well represented.

This is also the last chance to book and pay for the Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon being held at Southport Yacht Club on the 23rd July.
With Madonna King, of ABC fame, the Keynote speaker.madonna king pic with micHer books will be available. Other guest authors Angela Sunde, Karen Tyrrell, Anita Bell, Elaine Ousten, Dimity Powell and Brett Alegre-Wood chatting with the lucky people attending. There are some great raffle prizes including a High Tea at the Marriott, a meal for two at the Hilton, books and lots more. You can book your seat and pay on line through the Gold Coast Writers website. Direct deposit BSB 034 279 Acc 435 364, or BPay! If you prefer, come to the next GCW monthly meeting! On the 16th July at Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads.
Why don’t you join us? There are still tickets available!

The Ten Penners Meeting today …

kate me louise marionToday is the July meeting of The Ten Penners and it promises to be a busy meeting.

We are planning another school visit. In August and we are going to:

Broadbeach State School is an independent public school for the beginning of Book Week.

As a sub group of Gold Coast Writers we are going to be attending both the next monthly meeting at Fradgley Hall in Burleigh on the 16th July, and the GCW Literary Luncheon on the 23rd July.

Looking back at past GCW Festivals we’ve had a great time while continuing to learn our writing craft.

LITERARY LUNCHEON FOR GOLD COAST WRITERS

GCWA Literary Luncheon 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016madonna king pic with mic

Southport Yacht Club
1 Macarthur Parade,
Main Beach, Queensland 4217

Time: 11:00am -3:00pm, arrivals from 11:00am
Literary Luncheon is at Southport Yacht Club this year.

  • Members $45.00 and NON Members $50.00
  • Guest Speaker is Madonna King

This will be a lovely event to share a splendid meal with writers and friends. The guest speaker Madonna King will be well worth waiting for. I’m counting down the days.

Join me if you can. I would love to meet up with all my writing friends.

Vacen Taylor pic

You can book your seat and pay on line through the Gold Coast Writers website. Direct deposit BSB 034 279 Acc 435 364, or BPay!If you prefer, come to the next GCW monthly meeting! On the 16th July at Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads. The meeting room is above the library.The next Gold Coast Writers meeting will be a must go to! Vancen Taylor is the author of the Star Child series. An accomplished script writer also. She will be discussing the differences between novel writing and script writing. She will be testing our writing skills on the 16th July.

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June, getting that loving feeling..

Kate with her mum daughters and sistersThe Ten Penners meeting today may be a washout! The rain is teeming and the news says to stay off the roads. Oh no! I don’t think I can survive without my monthly dose of Ten Penners magic!

Just to prove there are many members of this wonderful group here are a couple of pictures of Kate and her family, mum, sisters and daughters.starla and marion tea party

Then our co-ordinator and guru of the group Marion Martineer with her talented daughter.

 

Motivation to write for children …

On Mothers Day, I was able to share a lovely time with my112.JPG son and his partner, and enjoy being with our grand daughters. They are a true delight.

Being a Grand mother is true motivation to write stories for children.

During Grandparent’s Day at St Joseph’s we were treated to spending time with both girls in their classrooms. Then visiting the Library for Book Week.

I collected the money for three copies of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales sold after our Ten Penners visit. Looking forward to our next school presentation in August.

 

 

Dual Visions and Fan-tas-tic-al Tales at Bookface Pacific Fair

me and my books at bookface pac fairDual Visions, my Sci-fi book. Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. Our book of short stories, poems and novellas for children 8 to 12. Written by The Ten Penners, are both for sale at Bookface Pacific Fair.

This is a lovely bookshop with café attached.

I’m delighted to be on the shelf with many other local and talented authors.

If you haven’t been able to pick up a copy before now go in and check it out.

I’m hoping to add more titles soon. I notice many of the books there I’ve read and reviewed. Such as Chameleon by Kathy Stewart, and Karen Tyrrell’s Me & Her, Me and Him, Jo-Kin Battles the It and many more.

Fan-tas-tic-al Tales reaching out …

Signing fun!The Ten Penners are planning more school visits in the near future.

Fan-tas-tic-al Tales continues to delight children. My work colleague Louise, tells me her daughter was quite proud of being able to read her first ‘grown up book’.

Another friend tells me that his daughter. Too little to read, is proud to take her copy of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales with her to school daily.

So we are contacting the two schools these children go to and will have news of more outings shortly.

The success of our trip to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. Due to the welcome we received, by Mrs Smith the Teacher Librarian. The sessions were well timed and arranged.

So watch this space for more exciting news.

 

What adventure stories would the kids read?

What adventure stories would the kids read?

That’s what we asked the children at St Joseph’s Primary school during our recent visit.

These are some of the ideas they suggested –

Dragons                                Haunted house                Gigantic Butterflys             Pirates

Treasure – stacks goodies

Blackbeard
Circa 1715, Captain Edward Teach (1680 – 1718), better known as Blackbeard, a pirate who plundered the coasts of the West Indies, North Carolina and Virginia. His hair is woven with flaming fuses to increase his fearsome appearance. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

butterfly             Dimensions

Big is small and Small is big

Alternative Universe

Time Travel

Vampires              Dream that lasts forever

Mermaids                 Dinosaurs                         Horses

Shopping in a big shop

flying on a unicorn                a big library/bookstore

Now we just need to write the stories.

They seemed to like the idea of ‘Redbeard the Pirate’ my follow up to ‘The Night Witch’ so we have a start for our next compilation book.

 

Drum roll please…

The Winners of the PETAL colouring competition at St Joseph’s Primary School are –
IMG_2185 (Small)2O + 2B –  Georgina Howarth – 2B
2W + 2G – Destiny Chifadza – 2WIMG_2180 (Small) 
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3B + 3O – Lory Powell   – 3O
3W + 3G – Ava Conroy    – 3W
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Congratulations to you all!
Enjoy reading your own copy of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales!

PETAL colouring competition…

Today is this months Ten Penners meeting. We will be judging the finalists of the PETAL colIMG_2172 (Small)ouring competition we delivered to the children we spoke to at St Joseph’s school recently. The entrants are Fan-tas-tic-al!! The winners will receive a copy of our book.

We will also be discussing ideas for our next book based on adventures. The children at SIMG_2186 (Small)t Joseph’s gave us come thought provoking ideas for stories.

We hope that we’ll have a new mix of great stories ready for the world later this year!

 

 

 

The Ten Penners in school newsletter

The Ten Penners are in St Joseph’s School Newsletter

Ten Penners at St Josephs 1Gold Coast Writers’ Group The Ten Penners visits St Joseph’s –

The students of Years 2 and 3 enjoyed a chat with some of our talented local authors on Monday. Jill Smith, Grandmother of Maria Smith in 2 White, joined with two of ‘The Ten Penners’ – Marion Martineer and Kate Russell, to share with the children their tips and ideas for writing stories. They enjoyed some of the stories fromFan-tas-tic-al Tales cover their recent book – Fan-tas-tic-al Tales and have entered a Colouring Competition in the hope they will win one of the 4 copies of the book. All entries must be in by this Friday 26th February.

Following all this excitement, I can see the 2 copies we have in the library becoming very popular! Before they left on Monday, the visitors left 6 copies of the book for any children who ‘absolutely, desperately’ wanted their own copy – the special price for the children is $10. Please send any money in a clearly marked envelope to the library and I will look after the order.

Mrs Beatrice Smith, Teacher Librarian

 

Fan-tas-tic-al Day at St Joseph’s

We three members of The Ten Penners, Marion, Kate and Jill. Had a great time at St Joseph’s Catholic Ten Penners at St Josephs 1Primary School, Bracken Ridge, yesterday.

Greeted by an enthusiastic and wonderful teacher Librarian, Mrs Beatrice Smith. We had a quick cup of tea after our long drive. Set out our table and watched as the students came in and settled in for the first session.Ten Penners at St Josephs 3

Mrs Smith read a different story from our books at each session. We enjoyed hearing our stories read.

Mrs Smith encouraged the kids to imagine the characters as there were no pictures in the book. She asked, ‘what age Hannah Elizabeth might be’ in Jill Ford’s P.E.T.A.L. story. Kate’s fairy tale, ‘The Prince and the Pauper’. Left dangling part way through. Mrs Smith explained where in the school Library they could find Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. So they could finish the story. ‘The Night Witch’, models of Barnacle Bill and Fisherman Fred were on the table. The kids realised they were where Jill Smith derived the inspiration to write the story. The room erupted with elbow shooting when Marion’s ‘Wart Boy’ was read. It was hilarious and great to see the magic of imagination take hold in the children’s reactions.Ten Penners at St Josephs 5

Jill’s husband Clive was not only our driver, he doubled as a photographer. He enjoyed seeing the children especially our grand daughters.

Encouraged by this successful day we have decided that this may be the first of many such excursions. The children gave us many great ideas for our next book on ‘adventures’. We are planning to publish this year.

Counting down the days…

ten penners christmas bbq 2The count down has begun. Today is one week away from The Ten Penners visit to St Josephs Catholic Primary school.Fan-tas-tic-al Tales cover

We three, of the eight ladies, part of the group that co-wrote Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. Called The Ten Penners, (are you doing your sums?) We are looking forward to speaking about our experiences. Reading from, and speaking about how we wrote Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. The various grades and ages will have stories read from our book by the school Librarian.

The Ten Penners School visit…

Fan-tas-tic-al Tales coverThe Ten Penners are excited to be able to present Fan-tas-tic-al Tales to students at St Joseph Catholic Primary School, Bracken Ridge on the 22nd February.

Our meeting tomorrow at Broadbeach Library will be to discuss our plans for the day.ten penners christmas bbq 2

I’ve recently sold another copy of this book, and a copy of Dual Visions too!

Both books are available at Bookface at Pacific Fair who are supporting local authors!

Ten Penners school visit …

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Fan-tas-tic-al Tales coverThe Ten Penners are excited to be able to present Fan-tas-tic-al Tales to students at St Joseph Catholic Primary School, Bracken Ridge on the 22nd February.ten penners christmas bbq 2

Our meeting tomorrow at Broadbeach Library will be to discuss our plans for the day.

I’ve recently sold another copy of this book, and a copy of Dual Visions too.

Both books are available at Bookface at Pacific Fair who are supporting local authors!

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