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UPLIT // Word Play 2017 // The Story in History

September 6, 2017 - September 7, 2017

GRADES 6 – 9

Unearth insights into Australia’s past as Jackie French presents tips to budding young writers about using histories to inspire story.

Jackie’s period novels are critically-acclaimed, emotionally-charged, and a wonderful framework for young readers to interrogate events of the past through a fictional lens. They include the Secret History Series (created with Mark Wilson), Hitler’s Daughter, A Rose for the Anzac Boys, Birrung the Secret Friend, and recently Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies (Harper Collins). This tale of espionage, love and passionate heroism is inspired by the true story of how society’s ‘lovely ladies’ won a war.

Join Jackie as she invites students and teachers to investigate why history matters, where to find truth, and tips to turn these explorations into stories worth sharing.




  • Wednesday 6 September
  • Code: 2001
  • 10am – 11am
  • Auditorium 1, State Library
  • Thursday 7 September
  • Code: 5005
  • 11.30am – 12.30pm
  • The Edge
  • Thursday 7 September
  • Code: 2006
  • 1pm – 2pm
  • Auditorium 1, State Library




Jackie French

Jackie French AM is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator and was the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014 – 2015 and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. In 2016 Jackie became a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to children’s literature and her advocacy for youth literacy. She is regarded as one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors, and writes across all genres – from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction. ‘Share a Story’ was the primary philosophy behind Jackie’s two-year term as Laureate. Her books include The Diary of William Shakespeare, Gentleman, Fair Dinkum Histories (with Peter Sheehan), Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies and Millie Loves Ants.



Word Play 2017

Welcome to Word Play 2017!

Word Play is UPLIT’s Education Program where young readers, illustrators and storytellers can enter other worlds built on the year’s best literature and stories.

Word Play 2017 is a collision of imagination, celebration and exploration as students and teachers from across Queensland dive into literary wonderlands.

Within the Word Play program lies adventures with Wendy Orr and Mark Smith; the past re-examined with Jackie French and Wai Chim; artistic explorations with Peter Carnavas and Leigh Hobbs; discussions about diversity with Randa Abdel-Fattah and James Moloney; and literary love-ins with Anna Fienberg and Steven Herrick.

And this year, UPLIT are introducing a new dimension to Word Play especially for teachers with their Professional Development sessions, education resources and much more!

Browse the full program now



Brisbane Writers Festival is a partner of State Library of Queensland.


Brisbane Writers Festival
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