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UPLIT // Word Play 2017 // Drawing Stories

September 6, 2017


Bring incredible stories to life with Peter Carnavas, as he leads a hands-on workshop inspired by illustrations in his books My Brother is a Beast and Blue Whale Blues.

My Brother is a Beast (Penguin Random House) is the fourth book in Peter Carnavas and Damon Young’s series that celebrates just how crazy, different and delightful families can be. This brilliant and boisterous picture book celebrates brothers everywhere … especially the beastly ones.




  • Wednesday 6 September
  • Code: 5001
  • 10am – 11am
  • The Edge




Peter Carnavas


Peter Carnavas writes and illustrates books for children.  His first book, Jessica’s Box, was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the CBCA Crichton Award for Emerging Illustrators.   He has since created many books, including Last Tree in the City, The Children Who Loved Books and Blue Whale Blues, winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award.   He has recently illustrated Damon Young’s series of humorous picture books that celebrate family diversity, including My Nanna is a Ninja and My Brother is a Beast.  His latest book is The Elephant, a novel about a girl who tries to cheer up her father by chasing away an elephant that nobody else can see.



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.


September 6, 2017
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