School Visits – MARC Literature Festivals – 2010 – 2019
Buxton Primary School 2013
Eildon Primary School 2018
Back in 2010, spear-headed by author/illustrator Mark Wilson and the then Yea MARC Van Librarian, Libby Ahern, a group of children’s authors and illustrators volunteered to visit Primary Schools which had been affected by the devastating February 7, 2009 bushfires (what was to become known as Black Saturday).
Our aim was to try and provide a little light in the children’s lives as families, communities and townships struggled to return to their normal activities and way of life.
In May 2010 a group of us creators – Mark Wilson, Diana Lawrenson, Marjory Gardner, Claire Saxby and myself, visited Buxton Primary School. Schools involved were Buxton, Flowerdale, Taggerty and Thornton Primary Schools.
We each presented to three separate groups of mixed classes and ages and after a wonderfully rewarding day spent with the children in the Buxton Hall, we vowed we would do it again the following year.
And so we did, and every year since then. The month of our visit has varied over the years and along the way we have visited many schools in the general Buxton area. It seems quite fitting that on Friday we will be visiting Marysville Primary School. (A couple of years ago Diana Lawrenson retired from our group, although she is still involved with us all as creators.)
Separately, as the Assistant Regional Adviser of the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators in Victoria during that devastating period; Susanne Gervay, Claire Saxby and myself were working with Marysville Primary School students co-ordinating book donations from SCBWI members around the world. My house became full of hundreds of donated books for the students of Marysville Primary who had lost loved ones, their homes, school and most of their town in Black Saturday.
Collecting book donations from the Warrandyte Post Office – 2009.
Here’s a sprinkling of some photo memories – a decade on:
Buxton 2015 Flowerdale 2014
Flowerdale and Acheron 2014 Flowerdale 2017
Family and friends are all welcome to Marysville Primary School this Friday, November 29 from 10.00 – 2.30 p.m.