Author Visits and Workshops

I have done lots of workshops in schools and at literary festivals for little people (and older ones).
From time to time I do a week in a particular city, and I will list them here with travel dates.
To book, you simply register interest, and then I call you to discuss details and invoicing.
Discounts apply when doing two or more workshops in one school.
Note, I continue to be a registered teacher and as such, I have a WWVP card (ACT).

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Building A Bridge Into History Workshop

A Co-curricular Spectacular for Year 3 - 6
Curriculum: HaSS / Design and Technologies / ENGLISH
120 minute in-classroom workshop
Reading this newly released children’s book, author Samantha Tidy will take students through a significant moment in Australia’s history nearly 100 years ago, and discuss the historical and modern relevance of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to all Australians, and the challenges we overcame to build it at a difficult time.  Looking at how bridges work, students will explore the many designs that could have taken the place of this national icon, using primary sources from the era. They will have a chance to design their own bridge, either hand-drawn, or using an app that allows them to understand compression and tension in real terms (devices supplied by school with downloaded app).

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GROWING HAPPINESS Workshop
Festivals and Libraries nationally, on demand

Growing Happiness is a workshop for children aged 7 – 14. Samantha Tidy, author of The Happiness Jar, will work with participants to discover exactly what happiness is, and how to keep it. Participants will learn the 5 habits of happiness, make their own happiness jars and reflect on what they can store inside it, based on their own valuable experiences. After this half of the workshop, participants will reflect on what it is about their community that makes them happy, and channel this into some artistic expression on a giant jigsaw of canvases, able to be taken home to their own local community in the wider area. Happiness Jars, paint and canvases provided!

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BOOKWEEK 19 - 23 August 2019

Year K - 6
90 minute in-classroom workshop
I’ll be spending Bookweek in my favourite city - Canberra!
Reading this newly released children’s book, author Samantha Tidy will take students through a significant moment in Australia’s history nearly 100 years ago, and discuss the historical and modern relevance of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to all Australians, and the challenges we overcame to build it at a difficult time.

Students will step back in time, and hear of the mammoth engineering effort that was the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and end with playing some old fashioned games of the era.

As a special treat, student may also get to see the early illustrations from OUR BUSH CAPITAL! A book I wrote JUST FOR THEM!