I wasn’t quick enough to get photos before two of the three attending schools for our MARC Literature Festival had to board buses to return to Buxton and Eildon. So this cohort is Marysvile PS students.

As always, this is a wonderful festival, supported by Merrijig MARC, Marysville PS and the indomitable Libby and Lyn.


I presented The Anzac Billy and Christmas at Grandma’s Beach House to both my groups of P-Yr 3 students (and yes, there was some singing) and then we made Christmas chains. As you can see, they worked hard!


Me, Marjory Gardner, Corinne Fenton, Mark Wilson and Libby, all of us still smiling. Hard to believe this is our tenth MARC Lit Fest. Hope we can keep going for many years to come.


Took a little drive up to Steavenson’s Falls afterwards. Wonderful to see vegetation returning, although scars are everywhere.


King parrots joined us for afternoon tea at the bakery.


The Black Spur never ceases to put on a show, even through the dirty windscreen of a moving car.


At the opposite end of the same weekend, I had visitors at Younger Sun, in Yarraville. They’d been using Dingo to model making their own stories. They had very insightful questions for me about the writing of Dingo, several I had not been asked before. Then Patrick showed me Panda.


Wow! A fabulous story including foreshadowing and very sophisticated image-making. Congratulations to Patrick on a great story, and to the teachers at St Joseph’s. It was such a thrill to meet these three and their teacher. Thank you to them for visiting and to the wonderful Younger Sun for facilitating it.


Making their own stories and reading for pleasure. Spinning their own worlds as they head into secondary school. The future is bright.