We really like Shaun Tan. His stories – some for children, and some for teens – are about topics other people might not think to write about and his illustrations are amazing. He’s got a great website as well. Visit his website to see more of his illustrations, read about the stories behind his stories and find out what else he’s been doing recently. Plus there are pictures of a truly awesome mural he’s painted in some lucky Australian library …
Do you want to see films from fresh, young, local talent – for free? The Museum of Wellington City and Sea will be screening original short films from students of the Film & Television School who have taken nine stories from the Telling Tales exhibition. The current offerings look at Wellington-specific stories from the 20th Century, such as Wellington’s first car, the launch of Tip Top icecream, and two street battles over racial discrimination in Manners Street in 1943 and in Molesworth Street during the 1981 Springbok tour.
LA Galaxy free training session, featuring David Beckham, will hold a free public training session at the Westpac Stadium on Friday 30 November from 11.00am till 1.00pm. The session will give school kids from around the region a chance to see the Galaxy – and Beckham – at training before their match against the Wellington Phoenix the next day. It’ll also enable football fans to see another international star – newly-appointed Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit. There will be no charge for admission to the training session but in order to manage numbers, schools will be asked to register their interest in attending. So make sure your school does so! Stadium and City Council staff will allocate seating areas at the ground.
US author John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, has won the inaugural Silver Inky award. Simmone Howell’s Notes from the Teenage Underground has won the Golden Inky Award. Australia’s first teenage choice book awards, the Inkys are designed to recognise the books that teenagers want to read and voting is open to anyone under the age of 25. The shortlist was chosen by a panel of six judges, including four teenagers from Victoria, NSW and Queensland, and the Golden Inky is awarded to the Best Australian young adult book and the Silver Inky to the best International.