Graeme Base public online panel – Belconnen Arts Centre

11 am Wednesday 27 October 2021
Zoom webinar, free registration

Celebrated Australian author and illustrator Graeme Base, known for his hugely popular books Animalia and The Eleventh Hour, will explore creativity, storytelling and why children’s books are not just for kids.

Graeme Base will join panellists Dr Belle Alderman, Director of the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature, Tania McCartney, Canberra based author, editor and illustrator; and moderator Sarah Steed, Libraries ACT Director of Content and Engagement for this stimulating online conversation hosted by Belco Arts during Children’s Week.

Canberra based author, editor and illustrator Tania McCartney talks to Barbie about children’s literature

The panel will discuss the following questions:

  • What makes stories so compelling?
  • Why do we recall words and images etched into memory from childhood?
  • Is storytelling, to our hearts and minds, what breathing is to our bodies?

This online event is co-presented by Belco Arts and Libraries ACT and supported by the ACT Government and the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature.

The panel discussion is an initiative for Other Worlds: Exploring the Universe of Graeme Base, an exhibition of original watercolour illustrations from his book The Worst Band in the Universe.

The exhibition will be displayed at Belconnen Arts Centre from 26 November 2021 to 6 February 2022.

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