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Steven Herrick performing at Living Learning

February 6, 2014

Can you help spread the word?  Do you know an 8-12 year old who would enjoy a hilarious and engaging performance by

Steven Herrick, Poet and Author
“Poetry, to the Rescue”

THE PERFORMANCE
An innovative and energetic performance from one of Australia’s most popular children’s poets. A unique opportunity to
appreciate the sound and humour of Modern Poetry. All students quickly recognise this poetry as being accessible,
entertaining and above all, relevant to their lives. Steven’s experience and skill as a poet and performer effectively breaks
down any uncertainties students have about understanding or enjoying poetry.
The programme features a brief talk on being a poet and a 45-minute performance. Strong emphasis is placed on the natural rhythms and sounds of everyday language. After Steven, every student will believe poetry belongs on the stage as well as on the page.
THE PERFORMER
Steven Herrick is Australia’s most popular poet for young people. He has written three books of poetry for teenagers, three books for children, and one picture book. His three verse novels, love, ghosts & nose hair, A place like this and The Simple Gift were the first poetry books ever to be short-listed for Book of the Year (Older Readers) in the prestigious Children’s Book Council Awards. All three books were also shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. The Spangled Drongo was awarded the 2000 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards-Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature. By The River was awarded the 2005 Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult Literature.Steven’s books for children and young adults have received wide critical acclaim, both here and overseas. He is unique in Australia, being the only poet writing books for adults, children, and teenagers. He has performed his work in the UK, Canada, the USA, and Singapore, as well as all over Australia. He is, arguably, Australia’s most travelled and widely heard poet!

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REVIEWS & COMMENTS
“good, great, funny, excellent, radical, fantastic, awesome, cool, super” Yrs K-6 BENALLA WEST PRIMARY, VICTORIA
“he was better than a public holiday” Yr 11 STUDENT, ST. MARY’S TOOWOOMBA, QLD
“Teenagers wait-listed for a book of poetry? I kid you not. The response to love, ghosts & nose hair has been remarkable… Evocative and sensitive, punchy and humorous, at times intensely moving, this is a must on the teen and young adult book shelf.”BEVERLY RICHARDSON, BOOKPHILE 1996
“And joy is what love, ghosts & nose hair is full of. I snickered, I chortled , I snorted with laughter…Read one or two poems to someone, and you’ll hear them begging to hear just one more.” LINNET HUNTER, THE AUSTRALIAN, 16/11/96

You can check out Steven’s work on his WEBSITE – http://www.stevenherrick.com.au MYSPACE – http://www.myspace.com/179239067

Performance: Tuesday 25th March, 10:30 – 11:30am, Mid Mountains Community Centre Lawson.

Cost: $13 HEA Members, $15 non HEA members

Please book ASAP by emailing sparksandflames@soundview.com.au so I can see if we have the numbers to go ahead.  Spread the word, tell your friends and share through your networks!  Thank you so much!

PS My ten year old son and I saw Steven perform briefly recently and are busting to see his full show.  Sooo funny.  A great opportunity to laugh really hard and tick off some outcomes for the Board of Studies at the same time!

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