2020 Brisbane & Gold Coast for Book Week

Rebecca Johnson - Author Visit

Rebecca Johnson, author of over 100 books including the “Juliet - Nearly a Vet” series and the “Steve Parish Story Book Collection”, is just the person to inspire your students with their narrative writing. In this well-structured workshop, Rebecca convinces students of the value of an attention grabbing opening paragraph, the importance of building tension and using descriptive language.

Rebecca's award winning books include

Juliet – Nearly a Vet (Rainforest Camp)
won the 2017 Wildness Society Award for Children’s Literature – Fiction.

Juliet - Nearly a Vet (Bush Baby Rescue)
won the 2014 Wildness Society Award for Children’s Literature – Fiction.

Insect Series
won the Whitely Award for Best Children’s Educational Series 2014.

Price: $4.95 per student (GST included).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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Wake Up and Read

Wake Up and Read is a funny, well paced comedy incorporating music, drama, mime, puppetry, magic and circus skills all linked with short charming tales about growing up in Australia. Each tale is another piece in the puzzle of how Frank, the son of an illiterate Italian migrant, became an avid reader and came to do what he does today. Students hear the stories behind the comedian as Frank takes us back to those moments that have shaped his life. We share his parents’ surprise when he first announces that theatre is the job for him. Another story tells how a playground bullying incident led to a lasting friendship with a fellow student who told him that he could find much of the information he would need for his new career, in books from the school library.

Magic tricks and juggling were exceptional and had all children eating out of the performer hand. The senior students in particular were spellbound and had no idea how the tricks were performed. Frank's performance was well recieved. He showed himself to be very innovative.

Richard Bushell. K to Year 6. Flinders Park Primary School. Albany. WA. 23/05/2017.

Price: $5.50 per student ($5.00 + $0.50 GST).

Minimum audience size: 120 students

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To Be Or What To Be

In the tradition of the great travelling clowns of Europe, Frank Ozo charms and enthrals children of all ages with his hilarious antics and cheeky wit.

Entertaining performance especially for the younger students. Children were engaged and appreciated the humour in the performance. Friendly, professional, punctual.

Bernadette Mills. K to Year 6. Holy Rosary School. Derby. WA. 27/06/2017.

Price: $5.50 per student ($5.00 + $0.50 GST).

Minimum audience size: 120 students

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Australian Folklore

Using stories, music, a vast array of props and audience participation from start to finish, Gerard Cafe brings Australia’s folklore to life. There is didgeridoo playing, sing-a-longs to some Australian classics and even a chance for students to test their sheep shearing skills. Not with real sheep of course but these stuffed jumbucks prove just as feisty as the real thing.

This show was a great combination of educational and interactive opportunities for the children. Particularly engaging for infants and stage 2. Absolutely loved the sheep shearing – very funny and dressing the swagmen was engaging and great due to the competitive nature of the activity!

Kathy Patterson. K – 6. Forbes Public School. NSW. Jul 2018.

Price: $5.00 per student (No GST).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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We're All Australians Now

We’re All Australians Now explores the questions - How do you build a nation? and What makes a society work? If the goal is to live in harmony with both the land and each other, how do we continue to achieve this goal? In the quest to find answers Gerard goes beyond our politicians and explores the role our nation’s citizens play every day and how their actions, works and deeds; nurture, inspire and keep us safe.

Engaging, enthusiastic, entertaining. Summed up Australia in a concise way with lots of fun songs and ways for students to participate and join in.

Kate Nolan. Mount Barker South Primary School. SA. Mar 2019.

Price: $5.00 per student (No GST).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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A Slice of Vaudeville

The vaudeville format with its emphasis on variety is ideal for children and Alan Sloggett has all the skills and experience to keep his audience enthralled with his comedy, magic, puppets and ventriloquism. Children have always been fascinated by magic but when Alan combines traditional slight of hand magic with electronics, children are truly spellbound by what they see.

Wow! The students were 100% engaged, right from the start until the very end! He put in 110% throughout the whole performance. This performance was better than excellent, absolutely awesome!!!

Yvonne Game. K-6. Traralgon South Primary School. VIC. May 2018.

Price: $4.95 per student ($4.50 + $0.45 GST).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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Heave Ho Off We Go

In these days of pre-recorded, flat screen visual entertainment where everything is possible, Alan challenges his audience, right before their eyes with illusions that get their young brain cells working, trying to work out what actually happened in the seemingly impossible illusions they witness.

All kids were engaged. Absolutely hilarious and a really engaging and enjoyable show. It's hard to keep that many students of varying ages engaged and focussed for a set time so well done. Excellent work. It was fast moving and engaging.

Liz Hanford. P-6. Gordonvale State School. Gordonvale. QLD. Aug 2018.

Price: $5.50 per student ($5.00 + $0.50 GST).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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