For conference keynote addresses, school visits, workshops, festival events and professional development enquiries please contact Mark directly via mark[at]markcarthew.com.au or contact:
Terrie Saunders/ Paul Collins
Ford Street Publishing
Ph: (03) 9481 1120
Fax: (03) 9481 1123
Address: 2 Ford Street
Clifton Hill, VIC 3068
Ph: (03) 9824 0177
Fax: (03) 9824 0677
Fax: (07) 3009-9913
Address: PO Box 382
Coorparoo, QLD 415
On behalf of the teachers and students of Koroit and District PS, I would like to pass on our thanks to both Mark and the Moyne Shire. The presentation was outstanding…
Michelle Bickley, Principal, Koroit and District PS, VIC.
Mark’s engagement with the audience was again fantastic and we were all delighted to celebrate the launch of his latest book, The Gobbling Tree. It was wonderful to witness such a great response. The schools were very appreciative of having Mark bring such an entertaining event into their rural communities. Again, I highly recommend and commend Mark on his work.
Tracey Ripper, Administration Officer, Community & Corporate Support, Moyne Shire Council, Port Fairy, VIC.
I would like to congratulate Mark Carthew for his excellent presentations. A good time was had by all as they listened to Mark talk about how his books were developed and also, when he told jokes from Wicked Wizards & Leaping Lizards he had them in stitches! The illustrations were inspirational and as a result the kids are keen to let their imaginations go and write stories and draw pictures.
Karen Fleischer, Regional Director, Gippsland chapter of The Children's Book Council of Australia.
You were so right for the kids' session!
Ruth Todd, Program Director, Christchurch Writers Festival, NZ.
Thank you so much for being part of the 2008 Festival. It was a pleasure to meet you and welcome you to our College. Feedback from the Festival has been amazing, and that is all down to you. We were privileged to have so many students from so many parts of Western Australia attend this year.
Kris Williams, Literature Festival Coordinator, All Saints' College, WA.
Mark's sessions were both highly entertaining and educational. The students enjoyed the rhymes and song elements of the presentation. Mark successfully involved the students in all aspects of his performance and engendered outstanding audience participation levels. Students and teachers alike thoroughly enjoyed Mark's engaging and creative performances.
Trish Manicom, Serpell Primary, Templestowe, VIC.
Mark Carthew came to our school …and the feedback has been excellent. He was engaging and fun and a wonderful presenter. One teacher said it was the best PD he'd been to all year!! So, we're really pleased!!
Holly Godfree, Hughes Primary School, Canberra, ACT.
Mark Carthew was a big hit this morning with our Foundation-Year 3. Let it be said “He came, he sang, he read stories, he conquered” Absolutely fantastic!
S. Turner, Mill Park Primary School, VIC.
We had a great day on Monday with our visiting authors. The staff and student feedback was very positive and more importantly the books of the visiting authors are now in high demand from library! Naturally each author had their own style for presentation but all were considerate of the group before them and adjusted the talks accordingly. Mark had hardly started his chat when he had the girls dancing and they were captured right from the start – many writing their own rhymes the following day.
R. Hirst, Lowther Hall, VIC.
MEET THE AUTHOR (General Event / Festival & Schools Talk)
Sessions can be geared for ALL primary age groups – I also talk to adult audiences re: the writing process, editing, design and development and my collaborations with Australian and international publishers, writers & illustrators.
Meet children’s editor & author Mark Carthew and discuss the award winning range of works that he had been involved in creating and writing.
Share jokes, silly stuff and have fun with stories, picture books, songs, play scripts and movement!
STORYTIME (designed for early years age 3 - 8)
An interactive readings of Mark’s latest picture books including, Five Little Owls, brilliantly illustrated by CBCA Crichton Award winning illustrator Mini Goss. This session also involves fun interactive finger plays, actions rhymes and songs from Mark’s illustrated big books and anthologies.
PROPS - Puppets, BANNERS and ART WORK et al.
Story time focus CAN also be The Gobbling Tree ill. By Susy Boyer , including acting it out as a fun, interactive read aloud with audience participation.
In story time I also weave in action songs and interactive finger plays etc from my various anthologies, including my latest release Can You Keep a Secret? Timeless rhymes to share and treasure.
DRAMA / MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS
Meet award winning editor and writer Mark Carthew and have fun with play scripts edited by Mark & written and illustrated by some of Australia’s and the world’s best children’s writers including Roald Dahl, Michael Rosen, Graeme Base, Pamela Allen, Margaret Mahy, Richard Tulloch, Lois Walker, Terry Denton and many, many more…
POETRY / WRITING WORKSHOPS
A practical writing session for all primary levels, designed to inspire with fun, accessible strategies for writing poetry and wordplay. Also available for plays scripts and short narrative.
Mark recently ran Poetry Workshops at this year’s Ipswich Poetry Feast, Qld.
ART / DAS Self-Drying Model Clay Making Caricature Activities
Session 1 – Age suitability: 6 -12 years
Come along, hear jokes & riddles and meet children’s author Mark Carthew. Then make a modelled das creature on a poly ball, based on one the many funny characters in his joke, rhyme & riddle book ‘Wicked Wizards and Leaping Lizards’. Children will be able to take their creation home. * Artworks from some of Mark’s books will also be on display.
Session 2 – Age suitability: 4-9 years
Tu-whit, tu-whoo! Have fun too... Come along for a song or two and hear children’s author Mark Carthew read from his picture book ‘Five Little Owls’ Then have a hoot making a modelled owl based on the owl characters! Children will be able to take their creation home. * Artworks from some of Mark’s books will also be on display.
The Das caricature making activity is a popular one for school holiday / family festival programs - it requires Das self-drying modeling clay, some cheap aluminum foil & poly balls, and table arrangements, access to water and a few extra bits ‘n pieces. It’s Good fun!
Note: Needs SPACE TABLES and materials.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT / CONFERENCES
Mark has conducted a broad range of highly regarded teacher professional development workshops across Australia and New Zealand. Workshops focus on practical and engaging literacy strategies for early childhood and primary education – focusing on the joy of wordplay & language.
Recent presentations include the New Zealand Reading Association (NZRA) National Conference Bridges to Literacy & The Early Childhood Australia Biennial Conference In Canberra, Australia.
Mark is also available for keynote addresses.
List of more recent events to go here