This week the English Learning Area was delighted to welcome author, Robert Hillman, to the College to speak to some of our keenest writers. Hillman’s visit was organised by Whitehorse Manningham Libraries to encourage students to participate in their Young Writers Project. We were thrilled our students were able to support this exciting initiative and listen to the expertise and insight of such a well-known and celebrated author of many works which examine war and the impact of war. It was also a wonderful opportunity to form closer ties with a terrific community resource – our local library network.
Hillman focused on humanity’s unique relationship with war, the role politics plays in preventing war and offered students the interesting thesis that war occurs when politics fails. His discussion of the scope of Australia’s involvement in war and the terrible cost this has exacted was fascinating. Hillman also passed on invaluable advice regarding writing forms and imaginative scenarios students might like to use as the basis of their writing.
Interested students are invited to write a piece about a local person whose life was touched by World War 1. Some great prizes are on offer and there are lots of great angles and stories students could pursue.
Author talks from Morris Gleitzman, Alice Pung, Jack Heath and John Marsden will also occur at various libraries in the City of Whitehorse and Manningham. Many of Hillman’s works are also available in print and digital forms in the College library.
Our sincere thanks to Whitehorse and Manningham Libraries for inviting us to be a part of the Young Writers Project.
And to our writers – we look forward to reading something wonderful!
Mrs Jill Fitzsimons – Learning Leader (English)