Children's author Narelle Oliver holds a writing workshop for students at Waraburra School. (From left) Sheyan Mason, Reece Jones, Biley Kelly and Simon Hope.
Children's author Narelle Oliver holds a writing workshop for students at Waraburra School. (From left) Sheyan Mason, Reece Jones, Biley Kelly and Simon Hope. Megan Lewis

Author fires up minds of young

REECE Jones locks himself in his bedroom so he can escape to his fantasy world.

So when he found out a renowned children's author was coming to his school this week, he jumped at the chance to be involved.

Yesterday the eight-year-old added another favourite book to his list while learning some interesting tricks of the writing trade during Narelle Oliver's visit to Waraburra School at Gracemere.

The Brisbane-based author has been reading her children's books, conducting hands-on writing and drawing workshops and picture book creation demonstrations with students from Waraburra and south Rockhampton schools throughout the week.

Reece said his favourite book so far had been Sand Swimmers, a book following the footsteps of an explorer and desert creatures surviving a harsh environment.

He said at home with his two brothers, locking his door was the best trick to keep them out and enjoy reading novels, especially Harry Potter.

Narelle, who admitted she never really grew up, said her inspiration for becoming a children's author originally came from teaching deaf children, and from her love for art.

“We used picture books to teach these kids to read,” she said.

The mother-of-two said that when she was growing up, her father had always told stories. She had adapted these for her own children.

Now she taught children to think of all five senses when writing creatively.



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