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Speaker Profile - Jen Banyard


Region: Australia West
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Jen is a West Australian author of fun, thought-provoking adventure stories for 7- to 13-year olds. Her novels include Spider Lies, Mystery at Riddle Gully, Riddle Gully Runaway and Riddle Gully Secrets, all published by Fremantle Press. In 2019, film rights were sold for the Riddle Gully novels. Other stories have appeared in magazines and an anthology. Jen loves the freedom and intensity of writing for younger readers. She has a PhD in creative writing from the University of Western Australia, has tutored at university and is a popular speaker. For fun, she often takes to the water - swimming, snorkelling, paddling or walking.

Presentation Description:

My novels are a happy mix of humour and deeper themes and so are my presentations. Film rights have been sold for two of the Riddle Gully books - an indication of their broad appeal. In my sessions, I draw on experience in junior sports coaching, university tutoring and theatre to engage and motivate students. My sessions are interactive, inspiring and fun, while guiding students towards required educational outcomes. 

I conduct both Meet the Author/Writing combination sessions and dedicated writing workshops. You are welcome to work with me to devise your own workshop theme e.g. firing the imagination, building characters, choosing point of view or creating atmosphere. Interested? I'd love to meet you!

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