National Young Writers’ Festival

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National Young Writers’ Festival

The 13th annual National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) is taking place in Newcastle September 29 to October 3, 2011

NYWF is the country’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms: bloggers, poets, journalists, screenwriters, zine-writers and comics.

The festival gives emerging writers a chance to learn about the industry, while also offering a platform to voice your own thoughts and ideas, to be critical, be controversial and be creative.

With sixty panels, workshops, roundtables, performances and special events, a diverse range of artists including Lawrence Leung, Dominic Knight, Patrick O’Neil and editors from HarperCollins, Penguin, Meanjin and Overland, Saturday night’s Big Top Ball and the famous Spelling Bee showdown, NYWF is a writers’ festival like no other.

All NYWF events are free and no registration is required. For more information, go to the website.

This is a cross post from the The Australian Society of Authors Member Newsletter.


Face It – We nearly made it!

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The Face It cards, published by Quirky Kid, was recently shortlisted for the Galley Club award 2011 printing aware under the category Non-standard Novelty book or stationary item.

The Galley award was held on the 22nd of July 2011 and celebrated excellence in book and magazine production.

This is a prestigious context often represented by stablished publishing companies like Allen & Unwin, Ramdon House, Pacific Magazines, Hachette Australia and Penguin Group. Quirky Kid feels incredibly proud to have made to this stage.

Ok, we did not win it… but if consolation is a good excuse, we lost for the non-standard item of the year.

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Modern Families

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Kimberley O’Brien, our principal Child Psychologist, was invited to attend to the ‘Hot Seat’  – burning issues & bid Ideas as part of the ABC-TV’s program hosted by the UNSW.

What it is about:

Modern technology is rearranging the possibilities for families and relationships. We can fertilise eggs in-vitro and buy sperm over the internet. People can have sex without any danger of having babies, and have babies without having sex.

Mother Families

Image of a family and children as part of a flyer promoting an event on mother families

Families can have a mum and dad, or one or the other, or two mums, or two dads. We ask what the “natural” family looks like, and how that should affect the family arrangements we recognise. We also ask what happens when a whole generation starts having children in non-traditional family units. How will the next generation of children turn out? What does it mean for the future of our society and our species.


Professor Robert Brooks, UNSW evolutionary biologist
and author of Sex Genes and Rock ‘n Roll. Jane McCredie, writer, journalist, publisher, author of Making Girls and Boys, Inside the Science of Sex. Mrs Babette Francis, mother, writer and Endeavor Forum lobbyist. Dr Kimberley O’Brien, child psychologist, lecturer and media commentator.

WHERE: Ritchie Theatre, Scientia, UNSW (enter from Gate 11 Botany Street)

WHEN: Wednesday 14 September, 6.15-7.30pm RSVP essential (seating is limited): Register &

pre-submit questions at


NSW Education

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The Quirky Kid Clinic is proud to be one of the contributor to the news contributor to the School A to Z  produced by the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

The website is  aiming to create an online community with comprehensive homework and ‘school life’ support for parents that is easy to use, relevant and engaging.

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Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, participated as an expert contributor, among many other professionals, and collaborated on “How to parent your tween‘ and ‘Sexting – what every parent should know

The Quirky Kid is committed in developing well informed and practical content for parents and families. You can find useful, practical and informative advice about parenting and young people by visiting our resources page, – or discussing it on our forum. You can also provide your own opinion on our Facebook page or Twitter at @quirky_kid


Our Newest Resource

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A Guide to Make Friends and Keep Them

How to be a Friend: A Guide to Making and Keeping Them

We are very proud to launch our newest therapeutic resource written and illustrated by Mark Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown -the acclaimed creators of Arthur. How to Be a Friend is the perfect prop for parents and professionals working with children to build social confidence and explore playground politics.

The book offers practical suggestions for making and keeping friends, resolving arguments, overcoming shyness, dealing with bossy children,  handling bullies and more.

How to Be a Friend is easy-to-read and provides children with many fun examples and illustrations of how to be a good friend. The book was published to support our social skills program ‘The Best of Friends’. For more information on this program, click on the link.

You will find out:

– Who can be your friends
– How to show someone you would like to be friends
– How to handle bossy kids and bullies too
– The best ways to be a friend and ways NOT to be a friend
– Ways to settle an argument with a friend

This high quality Australian Edition has been produced on a Hard Cover with 33 uncoated and illustrated pages

Buy now a copy and head to the Quirky Kid Shoppes.