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The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge and The Arts Unit

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) and The Arts Unit are proud to present a showcase of wonderful author and illustrator videos. The 2018 videos were filmed at a number of events including the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Throughout the year we will be adding more fantastic features on reading, writing, illustrating and engaging with the wonderful world of books.

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Jesse Andrews

Filmed and edited by David Todd

Duration:
13:18

Meet young adult fiction author Jesse Andrews as he visits Australia for the Sydney Writers’ Festival, and chats with PRC Officer Tamara Rodgers about why reading matters, what inspired him to write, and why budding authors should be okay with your first drafts being terrible.

Video transcript –
2018 NSW PRC author interview - Jesse Andrews
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Sarah Ayoub

Filmed and edited by David Todd

Duration:
11:25

Sarah Ayoub chats with PRC Team Member Claire Catacouzinos about her inspiration, her writing, and representing young voices in literature.

Video transcript –
2018 NSW PRC author interview - Sarah Ayoub
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Kirsty Eagar

Filmed and edited by David Todd

Duration:
12:33

Kirsty Eagar chats to PRC Officer Tamara Rodgers about her life as a surfer and why the ocean is so important to her, and how she researches when she’s preparing to write a new book. She also tells beginning writers why it’s important to channel your daydreaming and lying skills into your stories.

Video transcript –
2018 NSW PRC author interview - Kirsty Eagar
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Morris Gleitzman

Filmed and edited by David Todd

Duration:
16:13

Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman shares his writing process and his love of stories with author Yvette Poshoglian backstage at the Sydney Writers’ Festival Primary Schools Day.

Video transcript –
2018 NSW PRC author interview - Morris Gleitzman
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Nicki Greenberg

Filmed and edited by David Todd

Duration:
8:55

Nicki Greenberg has written and illustrated books for all ages. Backstage at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, she chats to PRC Officer Tamara Rodgers about illustrating for children, and the challenges of bringing someone else’s stories to life on the page.

Video transcript –
2018 NSW PRC author interview - Nicki Greenberg
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A F Harrold

Filmed and edited by David Todd

Duration:
16:15

'Only the best kids grow up to be Australian kids!' Author Yvette Poshoglian catches up backstage at the Sydney Writers’ Festival with author, poet and performer A.F. Harrold.  Part author chat, part comedy session, part (not-so-dramatic) reading, you’ll hear all about how books are dangerous and why we shouldn’t trust Australian animals!

Video transcript –
2018 NSW PRC author interview - A F Harrold
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Jay Kristoff

Filmed and edited by David Todd

Duration:
9:28

New York Times best-selling author Jay Kristoff talks to PRC Officer Tamara Rodgers about killing friends in his books, writing Artificial Intelligence, and the benefits of co-writing books with other authors.

Video transcript –
2018 NSW PRC author interview - Jay Kristoff
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Katrina Nannestad

Filmed and edited by David Todd

Duration:
14:45

Katrina Nannestad chats to author Yvette Poshoglian at the Sydney Writers’ Festival about her writing process and why she didn’t like reading when she was a child (gasp!!!).

Video transcript –
2018 NSW PRC author interview - Katrina Nannestad
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Patrick Ness

Filmed and edited by David Todd

Duration:
12:37

Patrick Ness took some time out of his busy Sydney Writers’ Festival schedule to chat to PRC Officer Tamara Rodgers about his writing process, turning his work into other forms, and why we should read widely.

Video transcript –
2018 NSW PRC author interview - Patrick Ness
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Chris Riddell

Filmed and edited by David Todd

Duration:
15:14

Former UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell chats to PRC Officer Tamara Rodgers about the importance of children’s books, and talks about the process of creating his wonderful stories. We also get a sneak peek into his drawing journal!

Video transcript –
2018 NSW PRC author interview - Chris Riddell
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Shaun Tan

Filmed and edited by David Todd

Duration:
18:17

Shaun Tan shares his incredible journey with creating stories through art. He chats with PRC Officer Tamara Rodgers about his artistic process and how this led him to the Academy Awards, and provides some important advice for people interested in pursuing an artistic pursuit.​

Video transcript –
2018 NSW PRC author interview - Shaun Tan
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Jess Townsend

Filmed and edited by David Todd

Duration:
21:37

Throwback to 2017, when Jessica Townsend chatted to Yvette Poshoglian about her wonderful book Nevermoor, how she wrote such a fascinating story, and what she loved to read when she was a child.

Video transcript –
2018 NSW PRC author interview - Jess Townsend
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Videos filmed and edited by David Todd.

Interviews by Claire Catacouzinos, Yvette Poshoglian and Tamara Rodgers.

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