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Author Visit by Non Pratt January 23rd 2019

We were very lucky to have a visit by the published Young Adult Author, Non Pratt who has written several books including Truth or Dare, Remix, Trouble, Giant Days, Second Best Friend and Unboxed, all of which are available in the Library.

This was sponsored by Year 13 student, Sophie Moores who had donated some Jack Petchey prize money to the Library for an author talk specifically for older students, and we are incredibly grateful to her for her generosity.

Year 11 students and some some Year 12s and 13s were invited and the event, which transpired to be a very lively and interesting presentation.

Non talked about stories and storytelling and emphasized that stories themselves need creators and consumers: she suggested that we as consumers should be selective about what we buy or choose to see.

Non encouraged students to question what they read and see, as many books and films only contain certain sorts of characters.

She mentioned the Bechdel Test which she applied to top films and in doing so she made the audience consider the lack of female role models in many blockbuster movies.

Bechdel Test:

(1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man.

Non told the audience that she tries to make her books as diverse as possible.

Students were encouraged to ask her questions in the middle of the presentation. Several students won postcards for answering questions and one was even given a book as a prize.

Non met some students at break in the Library and gave them some advice about their own writing projects.

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